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.

Människor promenerar på Riksbron vid Riksdagshuset Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Summer and weekend guided tours

During the summer (25 June–17 August) guided tours of the Riksdag will be held in English on weekdays: Monday to Friday 12 noon and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. From the middle of September until June, while the Riksdag is in session, guided tours for the general public are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Police to be given powers to conduct more workplace inspections

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to give the Swedish Police Authority greater scope to conduct workplace inspections, in order to check that employers are not employing people without the right to remain or work in Sweden.

Plockade jordgubbar ligger i lådor i ett stort jordgubbsland. I bakgrunden syns jordgubbsplockare. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / TT

Non-EU/EEA citizens to be granted permits for seasonal work

Citizens of countries that are not members of the EU or EEA who have been offered employment as seasonal workers in Sweden are to be granted permits for seasonal work. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and the member Kerstin Lundgren in the foreign policy debate in February 2017. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate will be held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 14 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) will introduce the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debate their view of foreign policy. The debate 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 will be interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service .

The state or any municipalities that breach the European Convention on Human Rights to compensate damages

The Tort Liability Act is to state that a person who, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, has seen their rights abused by the state or a municipality should receive compensation for the damages caused. The state or municipality are to pay damages to the extent necessary to compensate the harm caused.

Man antecknar på ett papper. Han står framför ett öppet elskåp. Photo: Mostphotos

It should be possible to avoid revoking a residence permit

The Government has proposed amendments to the Aliens Act that would entail the Swedish Migration Board not having to revoke a temporary residence permit for work if the employer has remedied the shortcoming that otherwise would have led to a withdrawal.

Foto: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag during September

There will be interpellation debates in the Chamber on 7 September during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. The new parliamentary session, 2017/18, will begin on 12 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.

The Speaker's reaction to the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s son

The Speaker Urban Ahlin has reacted to the news of the birth of Prince Carl Philip an Princess Sofia’s son. “It is with great pleasure that I have received the news of the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s second son and I would like to send the whole family my warmest congratulations”, says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Photo: Mats Nyström / Försvarsmakten

Yes to Swedish participation in the EU naval operation Atalanta

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on Swedish participation in the EU naval operation Atalanta. The operation focuses on security in the waters off Somalia's coast.

It is going to be easier to remove unlawful settlements

It is going to be easier for landowners to reclaim their land when people have settled there without permission. As a result of the Riksdag's decision, a new form of assistance - removal - will be introduced.

Photo: Tomas Oneborg / TT

Greater opportunities for collective action against workplaces with foreign labour

Swedish trade unions are to be given the right to take collective action against workplaces with foreign labour which have not entered into a Swedish collective agreement. This will provide better working conditions for employees who come to Sweden to work here for a limited time. The Riksdag voted yes to the Government's proposal.

The Riksdag flies the flag at half-mast

The Riksdag is flying its flags at half-mast in connection with what took place in Stockholm on Friday. On 8 April, the Riksdag's flags are to be displayed at half-mast from 8 o'clock in the morning.

Statement by the Speaker concerning the attack in Stockholm

"All indications are that our capital has, once again, been afflicted by a terrorist attack. It is with rage that I condemn this deed, and with great sorrow that my thoughts go to the victims of the attack and their families," says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.