King Carl XVI Gustaf has opened the Riksdag session 2019/20, marking the start of the new parliamentary working year. Parts of the broadcast from the ceremony were interpreted into English and can be watched on demand.
The day began at 11 a.m. with a roll-call of the 349 members of the Riksdag, prior to the opening of the Riksdag session.
The opening ceremony started in the Chamber at 2 p.m. At the request of the Speaker Andreas Norlén, King Carl XVI Gustaf declared the 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.
There were various musical performances before and during the ceremony, including an appearance by a surprise artist. In addition to members of the Riksdag, the Royal Family, the Government and other invited guests attended the opening. In the evening there will be a concert at Konserthuset in Stockholm.
This year's opening ceremony is the fourth consecutive ceremony to have a regional theme. This year, the focus will be on the five Swedish provinces of Härjedalen, Medelpad, Hälsingland, Dalarna and Gästrikland. The theme will be represented in the programme, the food and the decorations.
Parts of the broadcast from the ceremony were interpreted into English and can be watched on demand
Webcast: Opening of the Riksdag session
Follow the opening on social media
Follow the activities during the day via Sveriges riksdag on social media (in Swedish).