Kung Carl XVI Gustav står upp i talarstolen vid riksmötets öppnande 2018 Photo: Anders Löwdin

Opening of the 2018 Riksdag session

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The Riksdag will begin its new working year, the Riksdag session 2018/19, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 September. 25 September will also mark the beginning of a new term of office. HM Carl XVI Gustaf will open the Riksdag session, and this year's regional theme is central Sweden.

Stefan Löfven (S) Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Information about the vote on the Prime Minister and the continued process

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Today, on 25 September, a vote was held on the Prime Minister in order to determine the support for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) in the newly elected Riksdag. The results of the vote show that the Prime Minister does not have the confidence of the new Riksdag, as more than half of the members of the Riksdag voted against him.

The Riksdag's group leaders and Nominations Committee have been appointed

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The new group leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag were presented at the first meeting of the Chamber of the new Riksdag. The Riksdag also appointed a Nominations Committee for the parliamentary committees and other Riksdag bodies.

Ingvar Mattson elected as new Secretary-General of the Riksdag

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The Riksdag has elected Ingvar Mattson as its new Secretary-General. Ingvar Mattson has previously been an Auditor-General and Director General of the Swedish Agency for Public Management.

Andreas Norlén (M) Photo: Anders Löwdin

Andreas Norlén elected Speaker of the Riksdag

Monday 24 September 2018

The Riksdag has elected Andreas Norlén as the new Speaker. Åsa Lindestam (SocDem) was elected First Deputy Speaker. Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Lft) was elected Second Deputy Speaker and Kerstin Lundgren (Cen) was elected Third Deputy Speaker.

Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The new Riksdag after the election

Sunday 16 September 2018

A general election took place in Sweden on 9 September. It has now been established how the Riksdag's 349 seats shall be distributed among the eight parties after the 2018 general election. Of the members elected to the new Riksdag, 188 are men and 161 are women. The youngest member was born in 1996 and the oldest in 1933.

The votes are being counted

Monday 10 September 2018

A general election took place in Sweden on Sunday 9 September. The votes are currently being counted again. A final result can be expected at the end of this week. You can see the preliminary election results on the Election Authority website.

The Riksdag building from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag after the election

Monday 10 September 2018

After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September.

The Riksdag building from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag until the election

Thursday 23 August 2018

Until the election, members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. They also have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September.

Speaker Urban Ahlin shaking hands with the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: Achim Mende

Speaker leads delegation to Germany

Thursday 28 June 2018

On 25 – 27 June, the Speaker Urban Ahlin led a delegation of members of the Riksdag during an official visit to Germany. The agenda included a meeting with the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Wolfgang Schäuble.

Människor promenerar på Riksbron vid Riksdagshuset Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Summer and weekend guided tours

Monday 25 June 2018

During the summer (25 June–17 August) guided tours of the Riksdag will be held in English on weekdays: Monday to Friday 12 noon and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. From the middle of September until June, while the Riksdag is in session, guided tours for the general public are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Government guidelines for economic policy approved

Wednesday 20 June 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, which contains the Government's proposals for guidelines concerning economic and budget policy.

The Riksdag Board proposes changes to the Riksdag’s work on EU matters

Wednesday 20 June 2018

The Riksdag Board has decided to put forward a number of proposals in a submission concerning EU work in the Riksdag. The submission is based on the report produced by the all-party committee tasked with examining the Riksdag’s work on EU matters.

 Manlig elev räcker upp handen i ett klassrum. Vid katedern står en kvinnlig lärare. Photo: Lars Brundin / TT

More newly arrived students to meet requirements for upper-secondary school

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Newly arrived students in the upper years of compulsory school are to receive an individual study plan within two months of starting school. The plan will outline how students are to meet the requirements for upper-secondary school. In addition, such students are to receive an adapted timetable in which subjects required to enter upper-secondary school are given priority.

Byggnadsarbetare står på ställningar i dimma. Photo: Hossein Salmanzadeh / TT

Contractors higher up the chain could become responsible for salary disbursement

Wednesday 20 June 2018

A new law is being introduced concerning the responsibilities of contractors' relating to the requirement of employees to have their salary disbursed. An employee who does not receive a salary for work carried out in connection with a building or construction contract must be able to receive payment from another contractor higher up the chain.

Improved protection for minority languages

Tuesday 19 June 2018

A larger extent of services in the areas of elderly care and preschools are to be provided through the medium of minority languages. The requirements in the proposal apply primarily to the minority languages Finnish, Meänkieli and Sami, but improved opportunities are also being introduced to receive elderly care in Yiddish and Romany Chib. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to become law in Sweden

Wednesday 13 June 2018

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is to become law in Sweden. The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2020.

Legislation on terrorism to be broadened

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Almost all the penalty provisions in the three laws on terrorism are to be broadened. The purpose of the amendments is mainly to enable the implementation of an EU directive on combating terrorism. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. 

Skor utanför rum på flyktingboende för ensamkommande barn. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

A new possibility to acquire residence permits to result in amendments to the budget

Thursday 7 June 2018

A new possibility for certain unaccompanied minors to acquire residence permits is to be introduced. As a result of this, expenditure limits and appropriations in the central government budget for 2018 are to be amended.

Profit regulation of welfare services is not to be introduced

Thursday 7 June 2018

The Riksdag has rejected the Government's proposal to introduce a profit regulation on welfare services. The Government's proposal concerned limiting the claiming of profits in order to strengthen confidence in private actors and confidence in the welfare system in general.