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.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

Official visit by the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea

On 29 September, Park Byeong-seug, the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea, visited the Riksdag during his official visit to Sweden.

Certain Riksdag activities to be open to the public

Some of the Riksdag's activities that have been closed to the public since the spring are now to become completely or partially available once more. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of the corona virus, the Riksdag will continue to take measures, such as for example limiting opening hours and the number of visitors.

Focus on health and sustainable development at the IPU's fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

On 19-20 August, the Speaker Andreas Norlén participated in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was held virtually.

The pandemic affects the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The ongoing pandemic will continue to affect the work of the Riksdag during the autumn, with just 55 members of the Riksdag present during votes, although all 349 members continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were during the spring.

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.

The Committee on the Constitution examines the Government's handling of the corona crisis

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed that the focus of its examination of the Government's handling of the corona crisis will be on how government power has been exercised from a broader, constitutional, perspective.

The Speaker at the memorial ceremony Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Memorial ceremony in the Riksdag for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic

A memorial ceremony for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic took place in the Riksdag on Wednesday 17 June.

Opening of the 2019 Riksdag session Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, which marks the start of the new parliamentary year, will take place on 8 September. As a result of the corona pandemic, there will be a restricted number of people attending the ceremony in the Chamber of the Riksdag this year.

EU-parlamentet i Strasbourg Photo: Kristofer Sandberg / TT

Activities in the EU in 2019

The Riksdag has considered the annual government communication on work in the European Union (EU). The communication covers all of the EU's activities during 2019. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to seek, together with other EU member states, to bring about EU legislation imposing sanctions for human rights.

The Committee on the Constitution resumes its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has decided today that it will resume its examination of the Government this autumn. A decision concerning hearings will be taken after the opening of the Riksdag session on 8 September.

Extension of party group leaders’ agreement on Riksdag work procedures during the corona crisis

The party group leaders' agreement on the work of the Riksdag during the corona crisis has been further extended until 7 September. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the Riksdag can fulfil its tasks even though a large number of members of the Riksdag cannot participate in Riksdag work.

The Committee on the Constitution postpones its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed to table its examination of the Government until further notice. The Committee will therefore not be holding any hearings as part of its examination during the spring.

Party group leaders change work procedures in the Chamber on account of the coronavirus

The group leaders of the parties represented in the Riksdag have agreed to change work procedures so that just 55 members of the Riksdag will participate in votes in the Chamber.

The Riksdag Library closed until further notice

The Riksdag Library is to close from 3 p.m. on Wednesday 18 March onwards due to the coronavirus.

Guided tours, events and meetings in the Riksdag cancelled until further notice

The Riksdag is currently taking several measures on account of the coronavirus. Until further notice the Riksdag Administration is cancelling guided tours, events, certain meetings, study visits and visits to the Democracy Workshop.

Photo: Erik Peinar

The Speaker visits Estonia

The Speaker Andreas Norlén visited Estonia on 13 and 14 February together with five Swedish members of parliament. The programme during the two-day visit included meetings with representatives of the Estonian Parliament and Government and a visit to the old Swedish communities in Estonia.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

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.

Talmannen besökte Lettland oktober 2019. TM och Lettlands talman är på väg in i kammaren genom en stor dörr. Photo: Ernests Dinka / Lettlands talman

Focus on democracy and security during visit to Latvia

On 9-12 October, the Speaker Andreas Norlén paid an official visit to Latvia together with a delegation of members of the Riksdag. Among others, Andreas Norlén met the Speaker Ināra Mūrniece, President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, and participated in a security policy conference.

The Speaker Andreas Norlén with the Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisting of Pyry Niemi (SocDem), Thomas Morell (SweDem), Mattias Karlsson (Mod), Birger Lahti (Lft) and Ann-Britt Åsebol (Mod) Photo: Pär Bäckström

The Riksdag hosts ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda

On 16–18 September, Nordic and Russian members of parliament met for the ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda.