The Royal Family, the Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) and the three Deputy Speakers on the Grand Stairway of the Riksdag. Foto: Ingemar Edfalk

Opening of the 2016 Riksdag session

The 2016/17 Riksdag session opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 13 September. At the request of the Speaker Urban Ahlin, King Carl XVI Gustaf declared the 2016/17 Riksdag session open. The regional theme for the opening this year was northern Norrland.

People walking outside of the Riksdag building. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag during the summer

There will be interpellation debates in the Chamber on 25 August and 1 and 8 September during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. The new parliamentary session, 2016/17, will begin on 13 September. Until the opening of the parliamentary session, the members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. During this time, they have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. Guided tours of the Riksdag will be given in English on weekdays at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the summer.

Foto: Tomislav Stjepic / Migrationsverket

It may become more difficult to obtain a residence permit in Sweden

Sweden is to introduce temporary residence permits during a limited period. The right to family member immigration is to be restricted and maintenance requirements are to be tightened up. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the proposal from the Government. At the same time, the Riksdag directed an announcement to the Government concerning the selection of quota refugees.

Party leaders met in a debate

A debate between party leaders was held in the Riksdag on 15 June. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) delivered the first speech. During the debate between party leaders, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate can be viewed on-demand via the Riksdag webcast service. The debate was interpreted into English.

Yes to memorandum of understanding with NATO on host nation support (UFöU4)

Sweden can inter into a memorandum of understanding with NATO. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The agreement should make it easier to make practical preparations, also known as host nation support, to enable foreign units to operate inside Swedish borders.

Sweden will be able to help France with military equipment

After the terrorist attacks in France on 13 November 2015, France requested the support of other EU countries in the fight against the terrorist organisation Daish. Under Article 42 (7) of the Treaty on European Union, France has, among other things, requested support with certain ammunition.

Towards a gender-equal Riksdag – but challenges remain

While female and male members of the Riksdag believe that they have equal opportunities when it comes to exercising an influence and having political impact, female members experience greater demands and a higher degree of anxiety. This is reflected in the survey that was distributed to all the Riksdag members.

UN peacekeepers in Timbuktu, Mali Photo: Jimmy Croona / Försvarsmakten

Riksdag votes in favour of Swedish participation in Mali

The Riksdag has voted in favour of a proposal from the Government to extend Swedish participation in the UN mission in Mali. At the same time, the Riksdag submitted two recommendations, known as announcements, to the Government.

Chile's President toghether with the Speaker Urban Ahlin. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand.

Chile's President visited the Riksdag

On 11 May, the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet visited the Riksdag as part of her state visit to Sweden. During a ceremony in the Riksdag, the President unveiled a bust of Harald Edelstam. The President then delivered a speech and answered questions from members of the Riksdag.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Tributes to His Majesty the King on his 70th birthday

Tributes were paid to His Majesty the King by the Riksdag and the Government on the occasion of his 70th birthday on 30 April.

Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Yes to amended regulations for financial assistance to certain aliens

The Government has proposed that the right to financial assistance shall cease earlier than it does under current regulations for adult aliens who are not living together with any children under the age of 18. The Riksdag voted in favour of Government's proposal. 

The Riksdag has launched a new website

A new version of the website has been launched. The new website makes it easier for visitors to follow and monitor the work of the Riksdag, and also to search for and find information. The website has also been given an editorial facelift, and has been adapted for mobile phones and tablets.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Italian Speaker visited the Riksdag

The Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin received Laura Boldrini, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies during her visit to the Riksdag.