Sweden introduces safe country of origin regulations

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government’s proposal to incorporate safe country of origin regulations in the Swedish Aliens Act. The regulations mean, among other things, that the Swedish Migration Agency will be able to consider an asylum application to be manifestly unfounded if the asylum seeker comes from a country included in a list of safe countries of origin.

Gender equality work is led by the First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), right, and Second Deputy Speaker Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), left. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Work for increased gender equality in the Riksdag continues

The Riksdag Board's gender equality working group is taking measures to increase knowledge and awareness of the significance of gender when it comes to power and influence. On 8 March, a seminar was held for members of the Riksdag on the subject of threats and hate on social media.

Language training required for right to income support

A "language duty" is to be introduced, which means that an individual must, if necessary, participate in Swedish for Immigrants (sfi) training in order to be considered available for employment. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposed legislative amendment.

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate will be held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 24 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) will introduce the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement 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 is interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service. Statement of Government Foreign Policy(pdf, 162 kB)

The wall at the visitors’ entrance of the Riksdag with an inscription. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The unicameral Riksdag 50 years

The new unicameral Riksdag held its first meeting on 11 January 1971. A process that had continued for several decades finally led to the bicameral Riksdag – which had been introduced with the representational reforms of 1866 – being replaced by a single-chamber parliament.

Svetlana Tichanovskaja, Belarus, besökte riksdagen 18 november 2020. Här på Rikplan med talman Andreas Norlén. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Speaker receives Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The Speaker Andreas Norlén received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus, for meetings at the Riksdag on 18 November. The Speaker hosted a lunch and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met members of the Riksdag from various political parties.

Increased opportunities to convert unpaid fines into imprisonment

Fines may be converted into imprisonment if it has not been possible to collect them on account of defiance on the part of the recipient of the fine. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Adapted licence requirements for occupational pension funds

An occupational pension fund is an association that manages its members' occupational pensions. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk that some funds will be unable to meet the capital requirements that are necessary to be able to continue to conduct their activities as occupational pension companies.

The Speaker and deputy speakers in the Chamber. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, marking the start of the 2020/21 parliamentary year, took place today. The event can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service and has been highlighted in the Riksdag's other digital channels. On this page, you will find information about everything that happened during the day.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2020/21 Riksdag session, will begin on 8 September. Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities until the opening of the Riksdag session. For example, they may address written questions to Government ministers. On 20 August, there will be interpellation debates in the Chamber during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. Provision will also be made for interpellation debates on 27 August and 3 September. During the summer, the Riksdag can be convened quickly if necessary to consider urgent matters. As a result of the corona pandemic, all guided tours and visits to the Riksdag and the Democracy Workshop are cancelled until further notice. The Riksdag Library will also remain closed.

New provisions on dental care subsidies on account of COVID-19

The Government will be able to make exceptions to the rules on dental care subsidies in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, or in connection with other extraordinary events in peace time. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

Amended transitional provisions for medical technology products

Transitional provisions are to be amended pending the entry into force of new EU rules within the area of medical technology. The Government's proposal means that transitional provisions pertaining to such things as the Act concerning Medical Technology Products will be amended so that older provisions will continue to apply until 25 May 2021.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

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.

Statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) skakar hand med talman Andreas Norlén Photo: Anders Löwdin

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has been chosen as new Prime Minister

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has been chosen as Sweden's new Prime Minister. On 18 January, the Riksdag voted in favour of the Speaker's proposal in the Chamber.