Speaker Urban Ahlin, Governor General David Johnston and delegation Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Speaker received Canada's Governor General

Friday 24 February 2017

On 20 February, the Speaker Urban Ahlin received Canada's Governor General David Johnston for a meeting at the Riksdag.     

Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen

Focus on the peace process during visit of the First Deputy Speaker to Cyprus

Friday 24 February 2017

On 19-21 February the First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström (Moderate Party) visited Cyprus together with a delegation of members of the Riksdag.

Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Foreign policy debate

Monday 13 February 2017

A foreign policy debate was held on Wednesday 15 February. The first part of the debate was introduced with the presentation of the Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party). One representative from each party then participated in the initial debate. In the second part of the debate, all members who wished to speak were given the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

Speaker Urban Ahlin enters the Riksdag with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

EU issues on the agenda during the visit of the Estonian President to the Riksdag

Friday 27 January 2017

The Speaker Urban Ahlin received the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid for a meeting at the RIksdag on 26 January.

Photo: Andreas Hillergren / TT

Ban on wearing masks at sports events

Wednesday 25 January 2017

The wearing of masks at sports events is to be prohibited. Anyone visiting a sports facility, for example for a football match, who either completely or partially covers their face in a way that makes it more difficult to be identified can be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for at most six months.

Photo: Paul Bradbury

More even gender distribution on company boards should not be achieved by means of binding legislation

Wednesday 18 January 2017

The Riksdag considers that it is important to achieve a significantly more even gender distribution than we have today when it comes to participants in financial decision-making. However, the Riksdag considers that a greater gender balance should be promoted in other ways than by binding legislation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government to take measures to ensure that that it is the owners of limited companies that continue to determine gender distribution on company boards.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Debate between party leaders

Tuesday 10 January 2017

A debate between party leaders was held on Wednesday 11 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

Continued Swedish participation in the military training mission in Iraq

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Sweden will continue to participate in the ongoing military training mission in northern Iraq in 2017. This is what has been decided by the Riksdag.

Photo: Dag Enander / Swedish Armed Forces

Continued Swedish participation in NATO's training and advice mission in Afghanistan

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Sweden will continue to participate in NATO's Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan in 2017. This is what has been decided by the Riksdag. The aim is to assist the Afghan security forces with training and advice in order to strengthen their ability to independently deal with security in the country.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Seminar with the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Monday 12 December 2016

On 12 December the Riksdag arranged a seminar with President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of the seminar was the peace process in Colombia and the lessons learned from it. The Nobel Laureate's speech was followed by a panel discussion. The seminar was held in English and can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service.

The Freedom of the Press Act from 1766 Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Freedom of the Press Act celebrates its 250th anniversary

Tuesday 6 December 2016

On 2 December, the Swedish Parliament commemorated the 250th anniversary of the Freedom of the Press Act with a special anniversary book and a seminar on freedom of the press and public access to information in Sweden and Finland. The participants in the seminar included the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee on the Constitution, the Minister for Justice Morgan Johansson (Social Democratic Party) and the former president of Finland Tarja Halonen. A number of contributors to the anniversary book also participated in the seminar, including the novelist, journalist and literary critic Agneta Pleijel.

The Riksdag wants to see a review of the National Audit Office

Wednesday 16 November 2016

The Riksdag considers that an all-party commission of inquiry should be appointed to conduct a review of the National Audit Office. The Riksdag therefore decided to urge the Riksdag Board to appoint such a commission.

Members of the Riksdag to observe the US elections

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Presidential and congressional elections will be held in the USA on 8 November. Two Swedish MPs will be included in an international delegation which will be observing the elections.  

An EU flag in front of a building Photo: André Maslennikov / TT

The Riksdag criticises EU proposal on common rules for statistics

Thursday 27 October 2016

The Riksdag considers that the measures in the European Commission's proposal on common rules for European statistics relating to persons and households go too far.

Flygfoto med vy över land och hav genom ett molntäcke Photo: Claire Nijnikoff

The Riksdag approves the Paris Climate Agreement

Wednesday 12 October 2016

The Riksdag has approved the Paris Climate Agreement, thereby approving the Government's proposal. This means that Sweden, through the Government, can now ratify the Paris Agreement.

The Riksdag to UN General Assembly

Monday 19 September 2016

The Riksdag is to participate in the opening of the General Assembly on 19–23 September with two representatives from the Swedish Government delegation, Tomas Eneroth (Social Democratic Party) and Jessica Polfjärd (Moderate Party).

The Royal Family, the Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) and the three Deputy Speakers on the Grand Stairway of the Riksdag. Foto: Ingemar Edfalk

Opening of the 2016 Riksdag session

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The 2016/17 Riksdag session opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 13 September. At the request of the Speaker Urban Ahlin, King Carl XVI Gustaf declared the 2016/17 Riksdag session open. The regional theme for the opening this year was northern Norrland.

People walking outside of the Riksdag building. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag during the summer

Tuesday 16 August 2016

There will be interpellation debates in the Chamber on 25 August and 1 and 8 September during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. The new parliamentary session, 2016/17, will begin on 13 September. Until the opening of the parliamentary session, the members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. During this time, they have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. Guided tours of the Riksdag will be given in English on weekdays at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the summer.

Foto: Tomislav Stjepic / Migrationsverket

It may become more difficult to obtain a residence permit in Sweden

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Sweden is to introduce temporary residence permits during a limited period. The right to family member immigration is to be restricted and maintenance requirements are to be tightened up. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the proposal from the Government. At the same time, the Riksdag directed an announcement to the Government concerning the selection of quota refugees.

Party leaders met in a debate

Friday 10 June 2016

A debate between party leaders was held in the Riksdag on 15 June. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) delivered the first speech. During the debate between party leaders, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate can be viewed on-demand via the Riksdag webcast service. The debate was interpreted into English.