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.

The autumn’s process of forming a government completed Foto: Anders Löwdin

The autumn’s process of forming a government completed

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) is the new Prime Minister in a government consisting of representatives of the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party. The actual change of government took place on Monday 21 January before the head of state at a Council of State at the Royal Palace.

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.

Set times for the change of government

On Friday 18 January, the Riksdag voted in favour of the Speaker Andreas Norlén's proposal to appoint Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) as Prime Minister. The change of government will take place on Monday 21 January.

This week's steps in the process of forming a government

The Speaker Andreas Norlén is inviting the representatives of the parties in the Riksdag to new talks on Wednesday 16 January. After this, the Speaker intends to present a proposal regarding a candidate for prime minister to the Riksdag. The proposal will be put to the vote in the Riksdag on Friday 18 January.

Revised schedule for proposal for candidate for prime minister

The Speaker Andreas Norlén has decided to postpone his proposal to the Riksdag regarding the candidate for prime minister until 2 p.m. on Wednesday 16 January.

The next step in the process of forming a government

The Speaker Andreas Norlén is inviting the representatives of the parties in the Riksdag to new talks on Monday 14 January.

The Speaker received report from the Election Authority about extraordinary elections

On Thursday 10 January, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received the Election Authority for a comprehensive report on the practical conditions for a possible extraordinary election.

The Speaker received progress reports on the matter of forming a new government

On Thursday 10 January, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) and Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) for progress reports on the parties' discussions regarding the matter of forming a new government.

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.

The Riksdag votes in favour of the Moderates’ and Christian Democrats’ budget proposal

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the joint reservation from the Moderate Party and the Christian Democrats regarding the proposed central government budget for 2019.

Photo: Pontus Lundahl / TT

New rules on tobacco and similar products proposed (SoU3)

The smoking ban is to be extended to include certain public places outdoors and it will also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Seminar with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

On 12 December at 4.30 p.m., the Riksdag will hold a seminar with Doctor Denis Mukwege, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. The seminar can be followed in English via the Riksdag webcast service.

Updated information about the formation of government

The Speaker has received a report today from Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) regarding the parties' discussions on the matter of forming a new government. The Speaker has also spoken to Annie Lööf (Centre Party) and Jan Björklund (Liberal Party), and has notified the Deputy Speakers of these talks.

Continued Swedish participation in military operations in Iraq

Sweden will continue to participate in the current military training efforts in Iraq in 2019.

Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to be extended

Swedish participation in NATO's training and advice mission, the Resolute Support Mission, in Afghanistan is to be extended. Sweden will also continue to participate in the current military training efforts in Iraq in 2019.

Next step in the formation of a government

The Speaker Andreas Norlén has allowed for more time before a proposal for prime minister is presented to the Riksdag.

2,940 private members’ motions submitted

The members of the Riksdag have submitted a total of 2,940 independent private members' motions during the general private members' motions period. This is the result of the preliminary count carried out after the general private members' motions period expired at 4.30 p.m. Friday 30 November. The result is yet to be confirmed.