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Queen Silvia of Sweden has placed herself at the center of a major dispute over the house that revolves around one of the queen’s most important projects. Last weekend, Queen Silvia was the guest on a podcast with the Alzheimer’s Life Foundation, on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day.
One of the topics covered in the podcast was Queen’s “SilviaBo” project, a project she had been working on for some time. SilviaBo is located in Drottningholm in Ekerö, and consists of six apartments, where Queen Silvia wants people with dementia to be able to live with their partners. The project was praised by several, but some living nearby were dissatisfied with the development.
Some neighbors have filed complaints with the Swedish Land and Environment Court, which deals with construction cases, among other things. They claimed that the buildings do not fit the area. The case went in favor of the neighbors and the houses are now to be considered as the so-called “black buildings”, buildings constructed illegally.
In the podcast that Queen Silvia took part in, reporter Henrik Frenkel asked if the Queen believed that prejudice against dementia could be at the root of the conflict with neighbors. He Majesty replied: “I often think about it. I don’t dare ask, because I suspect it is. I think this is very tiring, and I think it’s really disgusting ”.
This strong statement didn’t get along well with SilviaBo’s neighbors. The Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet” came into contact with one of those involved in the trial against the SilviaBo project. The neighbor, who was also in contact with the others involved, reacted strongly to the queen’s insinuation. He says: “This is a surprising statement. There have never been questions and discussions about dementia. What we have done as inhabitants of Drottningholmsmalmen is to protect the place with its historical values ”.
The Silvia Foundation has now submitted a new request for a building permit so that dementia homes can become a reality. In the new application, however, the dimensions and facades of the house have been adapted.