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Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 12 February. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy.

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.

Yes to amended rules on social security benefits in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The Government proposes certain amendments to the Act on social security benefits after the UK leaves the EU. The amendments will only apply if the UK leaves the EU without a valid withdrawal agreement in place.

Possibility for companies in the UK to conduct securities operations without authorisation

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government’s proposal that companies registered in the UK which are currently permitted to conduct securities operations in Sweden without authorisation from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (FI) shall be permitted to continue with this for a certain period after the UK has left the EU.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view of foreign policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

This year’s first debate between party leaders

The first party leader debate of the year took place on Wednesday 30 January at 9 a.m. During the debate, representatives from the parties in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into sign language and English. It can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) läser upp regeringsförklaringen i kammaren. Vid sidan om honom sitter talmannen och de vice talmännen Photo: Anders Löwdin

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has presented the Statement of Government Policy

Today, on 21 January, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has presented the Statement of Government Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement sets out the objectives of the Government's policies for the coming year. The presentation of the Statement can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Statement by the Speaker regarding informal reports on the process of forming a new government

On 4 January and 28 December, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received progress reports from Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) and Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party). On 10 January the Speaker is to receive new informal reports from Stefan Löfven and Ulf Kristersson.

Pressmeeting with the Speaker

At a press meeting on Wednesday 19 December the Speaker Andreas Norlén provides information on how he will proceed in connection with the process of forming a government. He has also announced a timetable for this.

Voteringstavlan där man ser hur omröstningen gick. Nedanför talmanspodiet med talmän och tjänstemän Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

No to Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) as Prime Minister

The Speaker's second proposal for a new prime minister was put to the vote in the Chamber on 14 December. The Speaker proposed Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). The Riksdag voted against the proposal, as more than half of the members of the Riksdag voted against it.

No to Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) as prime minister

The Speaker's proposal for a new prime minister was put to the vote in the Chamber on 14 November. The Speaker's proposal was Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party). The Riksdag voted against the Speaker's proposal, as more than half of the members of the Riksdag; voted against him.

Stefan Löfven (S) Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Information about the vote on the Prime Minister and the continued process

Today, on 25 September, a vote was held on the Prime Minister in order to determine the support for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) in the newly elected Riksdag. The results of the vote show that the Prime Minister does not have the confidence of the new Riksdag, as more than half of the members of the Riksdag voted against him.

The Riksdag's group leaders and Nominations Committee have been appointed

The new group leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag were presented at the first meeting of the Chamber of the new Riksdag. The Riksdag also appointed a Nominations Committee for the parliamentary committees and other Riksdag bodies.

Ingvar Mattson elected as new Secretary-General of the Riksdag

The Riksdag has elected Ingvar Mattson as its new Secretary-General. Ingvar Mattson has previously been an Auditor-General and Director General of the Swedish Agency for Public Management.

Andreas Norlén (M) Photo: Anders Löwdin

Andreas Norlén elected Speaker of the Riksdag

The Riksdag has elected Andreas Norlén as the new Speaker. Åsa Lindestam (SocDem) was elected First Deputy Speaker. Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Lft) was elected Second Deputy Speaker and Kerstin Lundgren (Cen) was elected Third Deputy Speaker.

Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The new Riksdag after the election

A general election took place in Sweden on 9 September. It has now been established how the Riksdag's 349 seats shall be distributed among the eight parties after the 2018 general election. Of the members elected to the new Riksdag, 188 are men and 161 are women. The youngest member was born in 1996 and the oldest in 1933.

The votes are being counted

A general election took place in Sweden on Sunday 9 September. The votes are currently being counted again. A final result can be expected at the end of this week. You can see the preliminary election results on the Election Authority website.

The Riksdag building from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag after the election

After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September.

The Riksdag building from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag until the election

Until the election, members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. They also have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September.

The Riksdag building from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag until the election

Until the election, members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. They also have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September.