The Swedish National Association Cohousing NOW – in Swedish Kollektivhus NU – is an association working to promote collaborative housing and other alternative ways of living. The association supports existing co-housing units as well as groups intending to create new units. Originally formed in 1981, it has recently been revitalised with the prime purpose to inform the public about cohousing as an alternative, and to influence authorities to facilitate the creation and running of such units.
Forty cohousing units in Sweden
Kollektivhus NU currently has 41 cohousing units as full members, and 9 organisations working in favour of collaborative housing. There are also a number of individual supporting members.
The just over 40 cohousing units that exist in Sweden are mainly the result of civil society campaigns and positive responses from public housing authorities during the 1980s. They represent a minute fraction of the housing stock. A vast majority of Swedes are unaware of alternatives such as collaborative housing, eco-villages etc. The existing cohousing units are concentrated to the main urban centres.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)