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Opening of the 2016 Riksdag session

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The 2016/17 Riksdag session opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 13 September. The regional theme for the opening this year was northern Norrland.

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.

The Royal Family, the Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) and the three Deputy Speakers on the way to the Chamber and the ceremony for the opening of the Riksdag session. Here, they have paused on the Grand Stairway of the Riksdag to listen to the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble. Foto: Ingemar Edfalk


At the request of the Speaker Urban Ahlin, King Carl XVI Gustaf declared the 2016/17 Riksdag session open. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) then read the Statement of Government Policy, presenting the Government's intended policies for the coming year.

Statement of Government Policy 2016 on government.se

In addition to the members of the Riksdag, the Royal Family, the Government and other specially invited guests attended the opening. The ceremony in the Chamber also included the Swedish Royal Anthem, music by Janne Schaffer and the National Anthem. In the evening, a concert will be held at the Stockholm Concert Hall (by special invitation only), which will be broadcasted live on SVT2.

Programme Opening of the 2016 Riksdag Session(pdf, 2 MB)

As in previous years, the opening of the Riksdag session had a regional theme. This time the focus was on northern Norrland, including the provinces of Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland and Ångermanland. The theme was reflected in the programme, food and decorations. In addition, the choir came from northern Norrland.

Riksdag webcast service

The opening of the Riksdag session can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service in Swedish, English and in sign language.

Webcast: Opening of the 2016 Riksdag session