Increased opportunities to convert unpaid fines into imprisonment

Beslut 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.

The work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up

Beslut The Riksdag considers that the work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up, and urges the Riksdag Board by way of an announcement to initiate a follow-up.

The debate between party leaders on EU policy at the Riksdag on Wednesday has been cancelled

Press On account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden, the Speaker and the party group leaders have discussed whether it is appropriate to hold Wednesday's debate between party leaders on EU policy as planned. Following his consultation with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided to cancel the debate between party leaders on EU policy.

Debate between party leaders on EU policy

A debate between party leaders on EU policy will take place at the Riksdag on Wednesday 18 November. The debate will be broadcast via the Riksdag webcast service and will be based on the Statement of Government EU Policy, which sets out the Government's priorities for its forthcoming work with EU matters.

Additional amending budget: Extended period of compensation for people belonging to high-risk groups

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a further additional amending budget in order to mitigate the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. 

Supplementary rules on the rights of British citizens in Sweden

In response to Brexit - the UK's withdrawal from the European Union - the Riksdag has voted in favour of new rules that will apply to certain British citizens who live and work in Sweden.

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.

More stringent measures concerning the work of the Riksdag

In October and November 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has, in consultation with the regional communicable disease control consultants, taken decisions to introduce more stringent general recommendations in several Swedish regions, including Stockholm. The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have therefore made several of the measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic more stringent. Other measures remain unchanged.

Hired staff are to pay tax in Sweden

Individuals working temporarily as hired staff in Sweden are to pay tax here. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

Seminar on the 75th anniversary of the UN

On 22 October, the Speaker Andreas Norlén hosted a seminar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN. The seminar consisted of a dialogue between the Minister for Foreign Affairs, UN experts, members of the Riksdag and diplomats, and dealt with the challenges connected with the UN’s mission.

Temporary change in investment rules for Swedish National Pension Funds (AP Funds) as a result of COVID-19

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal for a temporary change in investment rules for four of the Swedish National Swedish Pension Funds, also known as AP Funds, as a result of COVID-19.

Reduced tax for people in rural areas

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to reduce tax for people living in sparsely populated municipalities mainly in Norrland and the north west of Svealand.

The Riksbank should be able to finance an international innovation centre

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Riksbank's proposal for legislative amendments enabling the Riksbank, after approval from the Riksdag, to finance the activities of an international organisation. The background is that the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) wishes to establish an innovation centre - a hub - in Sweden in cooperation with the Riksbank and the central banks in Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

Additional amending budget: increased funding for support to sole traders and other measures

In order to mitigate the social effects of the novel coronavirus, the Government has proposed further measures within the framework of a tenth additional amending budget for 2020. Among other things, increased funding is proposed in order to enable a new form of financial support to sole traders along with an extension of the reorientation support to companies, increased financial support to sport and cultural activities and an extension of certain temporary measures in the field of sickness insurance. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

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.

The Riksdag votes in favour of operational defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a new law on operational military support between Sweden and Finland. The purpose is to strengthen the two countries' national defence capacities and their capability to conduct joint military operations.

Sweden takes over the presidency of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference 2020-2021

Four members of the Riksdag participated in the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) on 24 August. The conference, which was held digitally, adopted a resolution directed at the governments of the member states, with a focus on strong cooperation in the light of COVID-19, protection of the marine environment and migration and integration. In connection with the conference, Swedish took over the presidency of the BSPC from Lithuania.

The effects of the pandemic on the opening of the Riksdag session and the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The current pandemic will affect the form of the opening of the Riksdag session in the Chamber and the other two meetings of the Chamber which are due to take place on the same day. The work of the Riksdag during the autumn will also continue to be affected, though all 349 members will continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were in the spring.

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.