In Sweden, You Can Pay To Pretend To Be Homeless For The Night

You’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to be homeless, right? (No, not at all). Wouldn’t you like to pay for the privilege of pretending to be homeless for the night? (No, not really). Faktum Hotel, in Gothenberg, Sweden, will give you the opportunity. For just $10, you can get to be a real live homeless person. (Okay). Says the “room” description: “Feel the city’s pulse from dawn to dusk at Gullbergsvass. This delightful dwelling is just a stroll from the romantic Dreamer’s Quay: a source of inspiration to musicians and artists alike. And all under the noble eye of the Skansen Lion from his centuries old fortress.”

If all this sounds rather insane, well, good. It’s actually a campaign for Faktum Magazine from event manager Sara Erkhagen, who wanted to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Sweden. One out of every six of the 3,400 documented homeless people in Sweden lives in Gothenberg. (To put that number in perspective, there are nearly 50,000 documented homeless men, women and children in New York City alone.)

Profits from the sale of homeless “rooms” go toward production of Faktum, a monthly mag similar to England’s The Big Issue, that is sold on the streets by homeless people for profit. [Huffington Post]