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Right after the WWII when there was a huge housing scarcity in Finland due to bomb damage and refugees, the government established a "room per person"-rule as a quick solution. Every municipality had a board tasked with locating houses and apartments with more rooms than dwellers, and those extra rooms were then assigned to lodgers.

Naturally there was corruption and shenanigans, but nevertheless it made every layer of the society a stakeholder on the issue and by the end of 40's a huge communal housing construction boom was on the way.

Might explain the current Finnish policy, too. Finns learn at school that homelessness has a very simple solution: give people homes.

by pelgus on Thu Oct 28th, 2021 at 07:25:02 AM EST
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