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Young Finns are moving into homes for seniors to escape Helsinki’s expensive housing market

€290

A small studio at Helsinki’s Rudolf Seniors Home costs €290 ($320), roughly half of what is usually costs for a cheap apartment in the capital.

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And though Rudolf is a state-owned care home for the elderly, since 2015, it is open to young people trying to escape Helsinki’s expensive housing market.

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Average rent of dwellings in Helsinki and the whole of Finland

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Since the start of the program, six young people have lived in the care home, and the housing scheme has been copied by other four cities in Finland.

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The Dutch are testing a similar system. And the UK has home sharing programs that help elderly people with spare rooms find young people wanting to live there.

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