Lägenhetsregistret - the intrusive Swedish apartment registry

Lägenhetsregistret – the intrusive Swedish apartment registry

November 19, 2010
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Since 1 November 2010, the Swedish government maintains a complete registry over all apartments in Sweden, and information about this is available on the Lantmäteriet website at http://www.lantmateriet.se/templates/LMV_Product.aspx?id=17139. This registry can be examined together with the population registration to learn about the interior of a person’s home, another registry that a resident of Sweden can’t opt out of. The population registration contains full name, personal ID number, address, unique apartment number (from the apartment registry) as well as family information. The apartment registry contains among other things this data:

  • Apartment code with which to identify the residence.
  • Number of rooms
  • Living space
  • Type of kitchen
  • Type of apartment (student residence, elder housing, disability apartment etc.)

In this registry, this information is also present about the building the apartment is in:

  • Building number in the estate registry
  • Type of building – residential, industrial etc.
  • If residential – type of such (small house, link house, terrace house etc)
  • Year when the building was constructed, rebuilt or extended)

I wonder how long it’ll be until they install networked entry systems that require you to register your identity before you’re allowed to enter your own home.

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  • AleksandraR

    I cannot find the registry on-line, there are lots of user guides but not link to actually enter a database…
    do you need to know an individual registry number to see it or an address is enough?
    In Poland this kind of thing is public – all EU countries probably too – but you need to know a unique 'book No' see anything. Recently it is available online too (there were discussions in the internet about to, and bug concerns, however the internet access hasn't in fact changed the availability of this information, just the access method).

    You still need to know the unique apartment registry No, and this is not an address. So practically you cannot see ANY apartment you want, but the one someone gave you the number of (sellers must give it to potential buyers etc)

  • Daniel Hammarberg

    I think you can't view it as a regular citizen, you probably have to work for the government to do that. The identification numbers are pretty simple and are listed on rental contracts etc.

    I wonder if Poland has the same kind of a registry. It more sounds like something people use the same way as car ownership registries, to see how many people have owned the car etc.

    Anyway, what I find so disturbing about the Swedish registry is all the information the government has available if they want to send the police into your apartment and take you away for some reason. In the population registration, the apartment ID of the person is listed, and then they can see the exact data of your house. I'm just not comfortable with the government having that much information about me.

    How about this scenario: You're in touch with a government official for some reason and expect to be taken seriously. Then they look you up in the apartment registry and find you're living in an apartment for disabled people and subsequently treat you like a child.