Friday 18 August 2017
The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström received the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on 17 August for a meeting at the Riksdag. The agenda included issues in connection to the Qatar crisis, the situation for guest workers in Qatar and exchange between Qatar and Sweden.
The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov on 16 August for a meeting at the Riksdag. Discussions included political developments in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and and their way to EU membership.
Monday 3 July 2017
The Speaker Urban Ahlin and the Speakers of the Nordic–Baltic Parliaments travelled to Washington on 27–29 June to meet the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and a number of senators and members of Congress.
Standing, from the left, Third Deputy Speaker Esabelle Dingizian (Green Party), Second Deputy Speaker Björn Söder (Sweden Democrats), First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström (Moderate Party). Sitting: the Speaker Urban Ahlin.
The Speaker is the Riksdag's principal representative, and as such directs and organises the Riksdag's work procedures. Urban Ahlin (Social Democratic Party) has been the Speaker of the Riksdag since 2014.
The tasks of the Speaker
Since the parliamentary elections of 2014, Tobias Billström (Moderate Party) is First Deputy Speaker, Björn Söder (Sweden Democrats) is Second Deputy Speaker, and Esabelle Dingizian (Green Party) Third Deputy Speaker.
The Deputy Speakers