Pots and vases with flowers, paintings on the walls, quaint tableware, many different light sources, such as torchieres, tiny lanterns and candles, antique copper utensil, hand-made coverings – that's what you'll find in pretty much every Swedish house. Here, house (and home at the same time) is a status symbol. Germans, for example, consider an automobile to be a status symbol. That is why Swedes spend around 20% of their income on interior design items.
Different sorts of influence are implicated here. First, the country has been living in peace for three hundred years, and therefore home is considered to be something permanent, and many things are hereditary. On top of that, to buy a house on credit is much more profitable than to sign a lease.