Pensioners in Sweden sell the street newspaper Factum in Gothenburg, Sweden’s Aftonbladet reports. Their pensions are so low that they are in need for extra income to pay their bills.
An Aftonbladet / Inizio’s survey shows that one in ten pensioners has a maximum of around 200 euros (2,000 kronor) left when the monthly rent is paid. The group consists of twice as many women than men.
Many can’t even pay their rent and then they are forced to sell newspapers in order not to lose their homes. “They need the extra income every month to not to be turned away,” says Sarah Britz, editor-in-chief of Factum, to Aftonbladet.
The editor-in-chief adds that anyone in Gothenburg can sell Factum, but most are relatively poor people, EU citizens and poor pensioners, she says.