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In pictures: Twelve stunning Scandinavian swimming pools

If you're going to own a swimming pool in a Nordic nation, you may as well do it with style. Houzz.se editor in chief Sara Norrman takes a look at some of Scandinavia’s most striking pools.

In pictures: Twelve stunning Scandinavian swimming pools
Houzz.se editor Sara Norrman rounds up stome striking Scandinavian pools. Photo: SAP Stockholm AB

Having a swimming pool in a northern climate may seem like a major luxury, but in recent years it has become more and more common to invest in one. Some architects are now taking pools into consideration when drawing up their floor plan, while others look to integrate them into the garden.

Whether you’re thinking of building a private pool, or are simply fantasizing about taking a dip in 23-degree water while others shiver in the sea and lakes, Houzz.se have pulled together some inspiring examples. Check out the gallery of beautiful swimming pools below.

Enjoy the warmth

Neither Sweden, Norway or Denmark are known for their steady summer heat, but once it finally hits, a Nordic summer is absolutely stunning. In typical Danish fashion, the villa below has refused to ignore beautiful design, and instead moved Thomas Pedersen's iconic Stingray chair out to the pool. 

STINGRAY
Photo: Spark by Thomas Pedersen
The Swedish pool below, meanwhile,  has the perfect combination of a seaside view from the comfort of warmer water.
 
Våra pooler och spabad
Photo: Pool Store Sverige AB
 
 
Asian touch
 
The firm Architecture by Lofti built this wonderful pool in Skåne in a way that family and friends could gather around it. The paving around the pool provides space for sun loungers, while the wall creates a beautiful sun-trap. Some scattered statues of Buddha and a pared-down garden gives the pool a kind of an exotic flair.
 
Villa in Falsterbo
Photo: Architecture by Lofti
 
Architectural dreams
 
In the splendid Villa Midgard in Stockholm, DAP architects were very keen to make the pool a natural part of their project. The result is below, with a facade covered in weathering steel, which will get rusty and stained with time and perfectly matches the deep green colour of the pool.
 
VILLA MIDGÅRD
Photo: SAP Stockholm AB
 
Glittering darkness
 
With the right kind of light reflecting off a facade, pools can also look beautiful in the evening. The below house is located in Duvnäs, Stockholm.
 
Duvnäs Udde
Photo: Wrede Fastighetsmäkleri
 
Swimming with trees
 
In this villa in Rönninge, entrepreneur Elithus had to blast into the bedrock to achieve the right, floating feeling. Because of the chilly climate, the pool is only in use during the summer months, but when the weather is right the resident family often goes for a swim. The pool is made of concrete, while the deck is made of larch wood. Since the pool is located high above the ground, the family can feel like they are floating among the treetops during swims.
 
Rönninge
Photo: Elithus i Stockholm AB
 
Cool in Copenhagen
 
These home-owners wanted to modernize their 60s house, located at Solrød Strand, south of Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from their travels abroad, the owners wanted to create a pool area that was quiet and transparent. At the same time, they also wanted to hold on to the home's original style, combining classic 60s Danish architecture with influences from southern California and Miami.
 
60´er villa forvandlet til moderne poolhouse
Photo: NB Ark
 
 
Time to party
 
This Vaxholm paradise pool with a wooden deck allows guests to hang out by the water. On particularly sunny days, an awning unfolds and provides shade for the seats along the wall.
 
Våra pooler och spabad
Photo: Pool Store Sverige AB
 
The nature friendly pool
 
If you want a more natural feel in the garden, this Danish 'swimming lake’ (svømmesøn) may inspire. Less chemicals are used in the more natural pool, helping it to integrate into the garden and the surroundings. With its magical water mirror look, it somehow feels more Nordic than traditional azure blue pools.
 

Birkerød Svømmesø
Photo: Svømmesø.dk
 
Why swim in the ocean when you can swim above it?
 
In this awesome infinity pool in the Gothenburg area, you can enjoy the view while staying warm and comfortable. The pool and the large attached deck took three months to complete, following digging and blasting to prepare the foundations.
 
Pool Åsa
Photo: Ludwigs Pool & Badrum Bygg AB
Working with nature
The beautiful flat rocks around this house in Stockholm give the pool a coastal feel. This kind of steep and rocky landscape can be difficult to adapt for a garden, but the wooden deck works nicely with a swimming pool or a hot tub.
 
Våra pooler och spabad
Photo: Pool Store Sverige AB
Come see more Nordic lifestyle, design and architecture over at houzz.dk and houzz.se.
 

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Landlord or tenant: Who pays which costs in Norway? 

What do tenants in Norway typically need to fork out for, and which bills will the landlord cover when leasing a property? Here's what you need to know. 

Landlord or tenant: Who pays which costs in Norway? 

Norway is a nation of homeowners, with 76.4 percent of households in the country owning a home. However, just under a million people are still renting, according to the national stats agency Statistics Norway (SSB). 

The true cost of being a tenant is often considerably more than just the base rent. Other expenses such as utilities are also expected to be covered by renters. 

But when renting in Norway, who is responsible for which costs? The tenant or the landlord? 

As with most things in life, it depends, and while you will be liable for many of the costs yourself, some of them will be the landlord’s responsibility. 

READ ALSO: Eight things to know when renting an apartment in Norway

Who pays what? Which costs are tenants liable for in Norway?

To stop tenants from being hit with too many additional costs outside of the rent, the landlord must include the cost of things such as stair cleaning, porter fees, housing association costs, contents insurance, communal electricity fees (for the whole block if it is an apartment) in the overall rent price. 

The landlord can’t charge tenants for keys or to set up a deposit account either, according to rental platform husleie.no.

Outside of the rent, a landlord can charge for the tenant’s water and electricity consumption. Typically, however, the rental ad and contract outline whether electricity and water will be included. 

Electricity is rarely included, and most landlords will allow the tenant to enter an agreement with an energy provider separately from the rental agreement. 

When renting a room or living in a house share, it is more common for landlords to charge for water and electricity instead of having the tenant set up agreements themselves. 

If the landlord charges a tenant for electricity, the tenant has the right to see the meter readings. 

What about maintenance? 

Unless otherwise stated in your contract, the landlord is typically responsible for maintenance. Maintenance is considered the work to maintain the home’s standard when the tenant moved in. 

However, the tenant will have to cover some costs. These are taps, locks, power sockets, bathroom fixtures, switches and objects that aren’t fixed to the property, such as pots and pans.

Additionally, the landlord can ask the tenant to reimburse them for maintenance costs if they believe they have not used the home or furniture with sufficient care. 

Items such as cookers, washing machines, and dishwashers are the landlord’s responsibility if they belonged to them initially. Although, it’s worth pointing out that the rule about misuse or sufficient care also applies to domestic appliances.

READ MORE: How to resolve disputes with your landlord

What if the landlord renovates or makes changes to the property? 

Landlords have the right to make changes without seeking permission from the tenant, providing the work can be carried out without significant inconvenience or work that reduces the property’s value for the tenant. 

Stuff like removing walls is considered much more comprehensive than simple changes, so a tenant must approve of the most significant building work. Also, if tenants make changes to the home that improve the property, they can ask to be reimbursed at the end of the tenancy. However, the landlord must only pay to the extent they benefit from the changes financially. This means that generally, you won’t get the full cost back. 

The property owner can’t charge tenants extra for changes carried out to the home or hike the rent up. Rent can only be increased in line with the Rent Act, meaning only once a year and within inflation for those who have rented the property for a while or to bring it in line with current rental market prices for those who have lived there a while. If the contract expires and you sign a new one, the landlord can put the rent up then also. 

READ MORE: When can the landlord increase rent and by how much?

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