Photo: Anders Löwdin

Seminar on the 75th anniversary of the UN

On 22 October, the Speaker Andreas Norlén hosted a seminar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN. The seminar consisted of a dialogue between the Minister for Foreign Affairs, UN experts, members of the Riksdag and diplomats, and dealt with the challenges connected with the UN’s mission.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

Official visit by the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea

On 29 September, Park Byeong-seug, the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea, visited the Riksdag during his official visit to Sweden.

Focus on health and sustainable development at the IPU's fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

On 19-20 August, the Speaker Andreas Norlén participated in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was held virtually.

The Speaker at the memorial ceremony Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Memorial ceremony in the Riksdag for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic

A memorial ceremony for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic took place in the Riksdag on Wednesday 17 June.

EU-parlamentet i Strasbourg Photo: Kristofer Sandberg / TT

Activities in the EU in 2019

The Riksdag has considered the annual government communication on work in the European Union (EU). The communication covers all of the EU's activities during 2019. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to seek, together with other EU member states, to bring about EU legislation imposing sanctions for human rights.

The Government should review rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes

The Riksdag is calling upon the Government, by way of an announcement, to take the initiative to review the rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes. The Riksdag is also directing an announcement to the Government urging that it get back to the Riksdag with a proposal for more stringent legislation against foreign polygamous marriages.

Exceptions from the requirement to have a building permit in the case of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society

The Government will be able to allow exceptions to the requirements of the Planning and Building Act (PBL) in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, such as COVID-19. The purpose of the exception is for example to get field hospitals and testing tents in place if regular hospital premises are not sufficient. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

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The Speaker visits Estonia

The Speaker Andreas Norlén visited Estonia on 13 and 14 February together with five Swedish members of parliament. The programme during the two-day visit included meetings with representatives of the Estonian Parliament and Government and a visit to the old Swedish communities in Estonia.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Nobel laureates visited the Riksdag

On Wednesday 11 December, three new Nobel laureates visited the former First Chamber of the Riksdag. The seminar was arranged by the Association of MPs and Researchers of the Swedish Parliament (RIFO), and the Speaker Andreas Norlén held the opening address.

Talmannen besökte Lettland oktober 2019. TM och Lettlands talman är på väg in i kammaren genom en stor dörr. Photo: Ernests Dinka / Lettlands talman

Focus on democracy and security during visit to Latvia

On 9-12 October, the Speaker Andreas Norlén paid an official visit to Latvia together with a delegation of members of the Riksdag. Among others, Andreas Norlén met the Speaker Ināra Mūrniece, President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, and participated in a security policy conference.

The Speaker Andreas Norlén with the Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisting of Pyry Niemi (SocDem), Thomas Morell (SweDem), Mattias Karlsson (Mod), Birger Lahti (Lft) and Ann-Britt Åsebol (Mod) Photo: Pär Bäckström

The Riksdag hosts ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda

On 16–18 September, Nordic and Russian members of parliament met for the ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Speaker receives the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament

On 9 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received the Speaker of the Eduskunta – the Finnish Parliament, Matti Vanhanen, during his official visit to Sweden.

Photo: The Seimas - the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania

Official visit to Lithuania

On 3-4 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén made an official visit to Lithuania together with a delegation of members of the Riksdag. The programme included meetings with the Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis, President Gitanas Nausėda, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the Deputy Speaker Gediminas Kirkilas.

The Speaker participates in a ceremony in Poland to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War Photo: Jakub Szymczuk / KPRP

The Speaker participates in a ceremony in Poland to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War

On 1 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén represented Sweden at a ceremony in Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Photo: The National Assembly of Armenia

The Speaker, Deputy Speakers and group leaders of the Riksdag visited Armenia and Georgia

Each electoral period the Speaker, Deputy Speakers and party group leaders make a joint visit abroad. This time, the delegation paid official visits to Armenia and Georgia on 26-29 August.

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia receiving his Swedish colleague and delegation. Photo: Slovenian Parliament/National Assembly

Official visit to Slovenia

On 25 – 27 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén led a delegation of members of the Riksdag on an official visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia. The programme included meetings with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia Dejan Židan, President Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Miro Cerar.

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

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 Speaker receives the President of South Kore. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Speaker receives the President of South Korea

On 14 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received the South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on an official visit to Sweden.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

Official visit by the President of the National Assembly of Armenia

The Speaker Andreas Norlén received the President of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan with his delegation on an official visit to Sweden on 10–13 June.

The speaker and a delegation of members of the Riksdag on an official visit to the Norwegian Parliament. Photo: Peter Mydske / Stortinget

The Speaker leads delegation on official visit to Norway

On 4 – 5 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén led a delegation of members of the Riksdag on an official visit to the Norwegian Parliament – the Storting in Oslo.