Young people given cheap rents in Finnish seniors home

Story highlights

  • Young people offered cheap accommodation in seniors home in Helsinki, Finland
  • Project aims to make renting affordable for youth and offer social benefits to seniors

(CNN)When Emil Bostrom's father left Helsinki to work abroad, the 23-year-old kindergarten teacher was left in the tricky position of having to find somewhere new to live in the notoriously pricey Finnish capital.

He initially persuaded relatives and friends to put him up in the short term. But that made "normal living" difficult.
"It's a very expensive city to live in," Bostrom explains via email. "If you manage to get an apartment that the city owns, it can be quite affordable. But the amount of applicants for those apartments is so high that the waiting list takes forever," he adds.