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Welcome to Stockholm's Rainbow House
Welcome to Stockholm's Rainbow House
Jordan Pouille

STOCKHOLM — Ing-Britt Akerberg, 70, receives us in front of paintings of nymphs and a beautiful Persian carpet. A swaggering spaniel licks her toes. "I live in the apartment below," she explains. "But I'm keeping my friend's three dogs; she went to town to do a bit of shopping."

The apartment building is squeezed between a day nursery and a public geriatric hospital in Stockholm's calm Sandhamnsgatan neighborhood, where Scots pines are aligned with austere 1980s buildings.

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Fifteen years ago, Francesco kept busy by scamming people. He was a regular visitor to the beaches of Terracina, south of Rome, where he was caught several times selling counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses. Then came the drugs, which fed a serious substance-induced psychosis and eventually he tested positive for HIV.

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