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Opening of the Riksdag session: Press accreditation and photo pools

1 September 2017 klockan 15.41

Uppdated 1 September 2017 klockan 15.51

The ceremony for the opening of the 2017/18 Riksdag session will take place on Tuesday September 12 at 2 p.m. In addition to members of the Riksdag and specially invited guests, accredited journalists are welcome to follow the ceremony.

The regular media accreditation for the Riksdag also applies for the opening of the Riksdag session. Journalists with valid regular accreditation therefore do not need to apply for special accreditation for the opening.

Journalists and photographers who do not have Riksdag accreditation need to apply for temporary accreditation to the opening of the Riksdag session.

Photographers requesting a specific photo location also need to apply for one. Please see the instructions below under Photo pooling.

Application for temporary accreditation

Applications should be made via e-mail to: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se. Please supply the following information in your application:

  • name
  • e-mail address and telephone number
  • media company
  • personal identity number
  • contact information to your immediate superior

The closing date for journalists and photographers without a photo location is 12 noon on Monday September 11. In the case of photographers requiring a photo location, please see below under Photo pooling.

Please note that no applications may be submitted after this time.

Collection of media passes

Journalists who have been granted temporary accreditation to the opening of the Riksdag session may collect their media passes from the guard in the main entrance, Riksgatan 1, as follows:

  • Those who have applied by 5 p.m. on Thursday 7 September at the latest may collect their media passes from 8 a.m. on Friday 8 September until 1 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September.
  • Those who have applied from 5.01 p.m. on Thursday 7 September until 12 noon on Monday 11 September may collect their media passes between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September.

The main entrance is manned 24 hours a day. Those wishing to collect their passes in the evening or at night should, however, be prepared for a slightly longer waiting time.

Media passes are to be collected in person. Please bring a valid identification card.

Photo pooling

Allocation of photo locations will be carried out adjacent to the Chamber and at Riksplan.

The closing date for photo pooling is Thursday 7 September at 5 p.m. Please note that no applications may be submitted after this time.

Applications for pooling should be made via e-mail to: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se.

If you already have Riksdag accreditation, please supply the following information in your application:

  • name,
  • e-mail address and telephone number,
  • media company,
  • if you are a still photographer, TV photographer or webcast photographer and
  • if you request a specific photo location.

If you need to apply for both temporary accreditation and a photo location, you can apply for both at the same time. In that case, please supply the required information listed above under "Applications for temporary accreditation" and state that you are a still photographer, TV photographer or webcast photographer.

Photographers allocated to photo pools will be notified by e-mail on Monday 11 September.

Programme

The programme will be sent out in a press release a few days before the opening.

Practical information

All those with accreditation enter via Riksgatan 1 where they will pass through the security check.

Accredited journalists can follow the ceremony from the press gallery or on television in the Press Lounge. The number of seats in the press gallery is limited.

After the ceremony, the Speaker will host a reception in the Grand Gallery for members of the Riksdag and invited guests. The reception is open to the media.

Dress code: jacket.

Webcast and TV broadcast

The ceremony can be followed live via the Riksdag webcast service and on Swedish Television (SVT).

Storkyrkan and the Humanists

Riksdag accreditation is not valid for the service in Storkyrkan or for the secular ceremony arranged by the Humanists. For further information, please contact the Stockholm Cathedral Parish and the Swedish Humanist Association.

Concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall

In cooperation with the Stockholm Concert Hall, members of the Riksdag and guests are invited to a concert beginning at 7.30 p.m. A photo location will be set up outside the Concert Hall at 6.15 p.m. so that guests may be photographed on arrival (from 6.30 p.m. onwards). Photographers wishing to take photographs outside the Stockholm Concert Hall also require accreditation for the Riksdag.

For further information, please contact

  • The Riksdag Information Service, tel: 020 349 000 (from inside Sweden), e-mail: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se
  • Sven Kullberg, press secretary, +46 8 786 53 93, for general questions.