Special rules apply regarding photography in the Chamber and other parts of the Riksdag. Photography is normally only permitted for purposes of news production. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand Taking photographs in the Chamber In the Chamber of the Riksdag, the following locations are available for photography: The Press Gallery at the southern end of the Public Gallery, seat E1. The northern and southern ends of the Public Gallery by the pillars, which also have a facility for audio recording. Seats D1 and B1 of the Public Gallery. Two photo openings, one on each side of the tapestry above the Speaker's platform, with access from floor 6. Two camera spots on the northern and southern balconies respectively, with access from floor 6. The doors to the photo openings and balconies are locked for security reasons. Follow the instructions on the signs. For security reasons, camera lenses and other technical equipment are not permitted to stick out above the railings of the Public Gallery/Press Gallery. Flash photography and other light amplification techniques are not allowed during meetings of the Chamber. Taking pictures of notes or documents on members' desks or the platform is prohibited. Taking photographs from the floor of the Chamber is only permitted with the authorisation of the Speaker. Members of the Riksdag, ministers and accompanying officials may take photographs from the floor of the Chamber, provided they do not disturb the work of the Chamber. Photographs may also be taken of members of the Riksdag at their desks when there is no meeting of the Chamber. Photographs may be taken in the Chamber Foyer, provided entrances and exits, including emergency exits, are not blocked. Taking photographs from the corridors of the Secretariat of the Chamber through the glass doors and into the Chamber is prohibited. Photography in other parts of the Riksdag It is up to the organisers of committee hearings, seminars or other meetings in the former First and Second Chambers to decide what rules apply regarding photography. In the case of public committee hearings, there is a rule that sound and picture recording is permitted unless otherwise decided by the committee. Photographs may be taken outside the assembly rooms of the committees, provided entrances and exits, including emergency exits, are not blocked. It is up to the party secretariats to decide what rules apply regarding photography in their premises. Taking pictures in personal offices is only permitted with the consent of the individual concerned. Photographs may not be taken in the cafeteria, the restaurants or the Riksdag's child-care facilities. Taking photographs for feature films or advertisements Taking photographs for feature films, advertisements or other productions besides news productions is not permitted in the Riksdag buildings. The Speaker may make exceptions from the rules in certain cases. The Speaker may also decide to enforce more stringent restrictions on the right to take photographs. Allocation of photo locations In connection with the opening of the Riksdag session in the autumn, photo locations are allocated in advance. On other occasions, for example, when the Public Gallery is expected to be full, it may also be necessary to allocate locations in advance.