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The Speaker invites you to seminars and the Riksdag stand at Almedalen

28 June 2019 klockan 17.59

The Speaker Andreas Norlén will inaugurate the Almedal Week in Visby and would like to invite you to a number of seminars and coffee at the Riksdag stand. The Speaker will also present a travelling exhibition on the advent of democracy.

The media are welcome to attend the following items on the programme below. From the Speaker’s programme: 

Discussion: Democracy past, present and future

One hundred years ago, the Swedish Parliament decided to introduce universal and equal suffrage. The decision is seen as a milestone in the history of Swedish democracy. How has democracy developed? What are the major actors that have helped shape it? And how does the future of democracy look? 

After the discussion, you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Celebrate Democracy! – a Travelling Exhibition, which will be shown in museums around the country from 2019 until 2021. The exhibition is part of the Swedish Parliament’s four-year democracy centenary.  

Contributors: Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and Susanne Thedéen, Head of Gotland Museum, moderator.
Time: Sunday 30 June 2019, 13:00–13:45.
Place: Gotland Museum, Strandgatan 14, Visby.

Inaugural ceremony for the Almedal Week

The Speaker will hold an inaugural address on the theme “The 100-year journey of democracy from 1918 up until the present day”.

Time: Sunday 30 June, 14:30.
Place: Main Stage, Almedalen, Visby.

Seminar: Is our democracy under threat?

Our times are characterised by fast changes – technologically, politically and socially. Our lives are becoming increasingly digitised, more elected representatives are experiencing threats towards their political commitments and an insecure situation in the world at large means stronger defence. What are the challenges facing democracy – do we take it for granted? 

Contributors: Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Brit Stakston, Media Strategist and Digital Specialist, Sören Holmberg, Professor of Political Science, Gothenburg University and Sharon Jåma, Moderator.
Time: Monday 1 July, 12:00–12:45.
Place: Garden of the County Administrative Board, Korsgatan 4, Visby.

Seminar: Is the Riksdag gender-equal?

Much has happened since the first five women took their places in the Riksdag in 1922; today, more than 47 per cent of the MPs in the Riksdag are women. But gender equality concerns more than just the number of women and men. Representatives from the Riksdag Working Group for Gender Equality discuss conditions and the working environment in politics both in the past and the present.

Contributors: Åsa Lindestam, First Deputy Speaker, Lotta Johnsson Fornarve, Second Deputy Speaker, Louise Meijer, Member of the Riksdag (Moderate Party) and Sharon Jåma, Moderator.
Time: Monday 1 July, 13:00–13:45.
Place: Garden of the County Administrative Board, Korsgatan 4, Visby.

Seminar: Democracy takes time

It took an unusually long time, but in the end we had a government. How did the talks progress and how did the various Speaker’s interview rounds develop? Come on a behind-the-scenes journey in this discussion on democracy and the formation of a government last autumn.

Contributors: Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and Sharon Jåma, Moderator.
Time: Monday 1 July, 14:00–14.45.
Place: Garden of the County Administrative Board, Korsgatan 4, Visby.

Come and talk about democracy over a cup of coffee at the Riksdag stand

You are invited to visit the Riksdag stand where you can meet the Speaker, the Deputy Speakers and members of the Riksdag and talk about democracy. The Riksdag stand is open from Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July at 10:00–17.00. The Second Deputy Speaker will be on location at the stand on Wednesday 3 July 10.00-12.00

Coffee with the Speaker

The Speaker and the First Deputy Speaker invite you to coffee, biscuits and a discussion on democracy.

Time: Tuesday 2 July 13:00–16:00
Place: The Riksdag stand, Strandvägen, place H531, Visby.

Democracy coffee

The Third Deputy Speaker and members of the Riksdag invite you to coffee, biscuits and a discussion on democracy.

Time: Wednesday 3 July 13:00–16:00.
Place: The Riksdag stand, Strandvägen, place H531, Visby.

Democracy coffee

Members of the Riksdag invite you to coffee, biscuits and a discussion on democracy.

Time: Thursday 3 July 13:00–16:00.
Place: The Riksdag stand, Strandvägen, place H531, Visby.

Additional information

At our stand, there is a time line on the development of democracy with a quiz and you can also see “Experience the Riksdag, a Virtual Guided Tour of the Riksdag”, where members of the Riksdag tell you about their work in the Riksdag and the Riksdag committees. You can also take a selfie with Kerstin Hesselgren, one of the women pioneers and the first woman to be voted into the former First Chamber of the Riksdag in 1921.

On the Democracy Centenary

100 years ago saw the advent of democracy in Sweden. The Riksdag is commemorating and celebrating the centenary with a number of activities throughout the country from 2018 to 2021.

The purpose is to encourage involvement and foster understanding of the significance of democracy and its development in Sweden – both historically and in the future. Our intention is also to increase awareness and knowledge of how the democratisation process developed and the role that the Riksdag played and continues to play in this – both historically and today. 

The Celebrate Democracy! website

For more information

Please contact Karin Flygare, Press Secretary to the Speaker, karin.flygare@riksdagen.se, + 46 72 235 64 23