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Talman Andreas Norlén tog emot Österrikes talman den 13 september 2021. De är på väg ut ur kammaren där även pressen är. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Official visit by the President of the National Council of Austria

On 13–15 September, the President of the National Council – the lower chamber – of the Austrian Parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, made an official visit to Sweden and the Riksdag.

Partiledardebatt 15 sep 2021. Statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) i talarstolen Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

First debate between party leaders of the parliamentary year

On Wednesday 15 September, the first debate between party leaders of the parliamentary year was held. During the debate, the party 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 was interpreted into English and can be watched on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Livgardet står uppställda vid Riksplan framför Riksdagshuset östra Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag session 2021 has begun

The opening of the Riksdag session on 14 September marked the start of the new parliamentary working year. One of the themes of this year's opening was that it is 100 years since women were able to vote on the same terms as men for the first time. 

Talman Andreas Norlén besöker Slovakien 8-10 september 2021. Till vänster Slovakiens talman Boris Kollar. Photo: National Council of Slovakia

The Speaker participates in the IPU Conference of Speakers and makes an official visit to Slovakia

On 8 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén participated in the IPU's World Conference of Speakers in Vienna. On 9 September, the Speaker made on official visit to Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Riksdag's work procedures this autumn

The Speaker and the party group leaders have reached a new agreement this week regarding the Riksdag's work procedures during the autumn. The party group leaders have also decided not to extend the agreement that just 55 members of the Riksdag should be present at votes in the Chamber. After the opening of the Riksdag session, a return to normal procedures for the work of the Riksdag will commence.

President of Germany visits the Riksdag

On September 7th, the Speaker Andreas Norlén  received Germany's Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in connection with a state visit to Sweden. The theme of the state visit is innovation, sustainability and democracy. During his visit to the Riksdag, Federal President Steinmeier delivered a speech on the theme "Innovation and Partnership: Europe´s Path into the Future".

Photo: BSPC Secretariat

The Riksdag hosts the 30th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

On 30 August, four members of the Riksdag participated in the 30th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference which was hosted by Sweden. The Conference adopted a resolution directed at the governments of the member countries, with a focus on strengthened cooperation, democracy in a changing media landscape, climate change and biological diversity.

To the editorial office: Heavily limited number of places for the press at the opening of the Riksdag session on 14 September – application required

Journalists and photographers wishing to work in the Riksdag premises during the opening of the Riksdag session will require media accreditation to the Riksdag. Please note that you will need to apply in advance if you require a photo position or a seat in the press gallery. The number of seats is heavily limited on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Address by the Speaker at the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

On 30 August, the Riksdag hosted the 30th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference. The theme of the conference was Sustainable Democracy and this year’s meeting was primarily held remotely.

Riksdagshuset med grönskande träd framför. Foto: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2021/22 Riksdag session, will begin on 14 September. Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities until the opening of the Riksdag session. For example, they may address written questions to Government ministers. Several of the parliamentary committees will be holding meetings in August. Provision will be made for interpellation debates in the Chamber on 2 September and 9 September. During the summer, the Riksdag can be convened quickly if necessary to consider urgent matters. As a result of the corona pandemic, all guided tours and visits to the Riksdag and the Democracy Workshop are cancelled until further notice.

Member of the Riksdag elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

During the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on 30 June - 6 July, member of the Riksdag Margareta Cederfelt (Moderate Party) was elected President of the Assembly.

Talmannen deltog i regeringsskifteskonselj på slottet i Stockholm. Regeringen, kungen och talmannen sitter runt ett avlångt bord. Foto: Ingemar Lindewall/Kungl. Hovstaterna

A new government has assumed office

On 9 July, a new government with Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) as Prime Minister assumed office. The formal change of government took place at a Council of State at the Royal Palace.

Schedule for change of Government activities on 9 July

On Wednesday, 7 July the Riksdag voted in favour of Speaker Andreas Norlén's proposal to appoint Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) as Prime Minister. The change of Government will take place on Friday, 9 July.

The voting results in the Chamber Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) has been elected Prime Minister

Stefan Löfven (S) has been elected Prime Minister. On Wednesday, 7 July the Riksdag approved the Speaker's proposal for Prime Minister.

Speaker Andreas Norlén together with Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat). Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Press Release: the Speaker’s proposal for Prime Minister

Speaker Andreas Norlén has today, 5 July, presented a proposal to the Riksdag to appoint Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) as the new Prime Minister, who intends to form a Government consisting of representatives of the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party.

The Speaker assigns Stefan Löfven the task of examining possibilities of forming a Government

The Speaker Andreas Norlén has today assigned Stefan Löfven (S) the task of examining the possibilities of forming a Government.

The Speaker gives the task of examining the possibilities of forming a Government to Ulf Kristersson

The Speaker Andreas Norlén has today given Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government.

The Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén is standing in front of a table in his office. Photo: The Riksdag Administration

The Speaker meets representatives of the parties of the Riksdag for talks on forming a government

The Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén is to begin talks with representatives of the parties on Tuesday 29 June to draw up proposals for a new prime minister.

Latvian President visits the Riksdag

On 21 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received Egils Levits, the President of Latvia, during his official visit to Sweden. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The police should be able to test people for COVID-19 following expulsion orders

The police should be authorised to give compulsory tests to people for COVID-19 if necessary in order to enforce an expulsion order. This is the opinion of the Riksdag and urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly investigate the issue.