Secretary-General of the Riksdag Kathrin Flossing, Sven-Olof Sällström (Sweden Democrats), Speaker Urban Ahlin, New Zealand’s Speaker David Carter, Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party) and Sweden's ambassador to Canberra, Pär Ahlberger. Photo: The New Zealand Parliament

The Speaker Urban Ahlin leads a delegation to New Zealand and Australia

The Speaker Urban Ahlin led a delegation to New Zealand and Australia between 27 August and 7 September. The focus during the visit was on defence and security issues, disaster and crisis management and environmental issues.

Programme for the opening of the Riksdag session on 12 September

The 2017/18 Riksdag session will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September. All journalists wishing to attend the ceremony or to visit the Riksdag buildings on that day must apply for media accreditation for the Riksdag.

Photo: Anders Löwin

Opening of the 2017/18 Riksdag session

The 2017/18 Riksdag session opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September. The regional theme for the opening this year was southern Sweden.

Opening of the Riksdag session: Press accreditation and photo pools

The ceremony for the opening of the 2017/18 Riksdag session will take place on Tuesday September 12 at 2 p.m. In addition to members of the Riksdag and specially invited guests, accredited journalists are welcome to follow the ceremony.

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.

The Speaker Urban Ahlin’s reaction to the news that Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neil are expecting a child

“I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O´Neill after hearing the happy news that they are expecting their third child”, says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Photo: Stortinget

The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström participated in a Nordic-Baltic Conference of Speakers

The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström participated in a Nordic-Baltic Conference of Speakers in Lillehammar, Norway on 22–23 August.

The Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and the First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström. Photo: The Riksdag Administration

First Deputy Speaker receives Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs

The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström received the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on 17 August for a meeting at the Riksdag. The agenda included issues in connection to the Qatar crisis, the situation for guest workers in Qatar and exchange between Qatar and Sweden.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov and the First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström. Photo: The Riksdag Administration

First Deputy Speaker receives the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov on 16 August for a meeting at the Riksdag. Discussions included political developments in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and and their way to EU membership.

The Nordic–Baltic delegation of Speakers with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan Photo: Tomas Enqvist

The Speaker Urban Ahlin leads delegation of Nordic–Baltic Speakers to Washington DC

The Speaker Urban Ahlin and the Speakers of the Nordic–Baltic Parliaments travelled to Washington on 27–29 June to meet the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and a number of senators and members of Congress.

Photo: Governors Office, Ust-Kamenogorsk

Space issues and nuclear technology on the agenda during Speaker's visit to Kazakhstan

On 14-17 June, the Speaker Urban Ahlin made an official visit to Kazakhstan. During the visit, the Speaker and his delegation met the Speakers of both chambers of the Parliament of Kazakhstan as well as the Prime Minister.

The State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burma) Aung San Suu Kyi and the Speaker Urban Ahlin arrive at the former Second Chamber at the Riksdag where Aung San Suu Kyi’s address is to take place Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the Riksdag

On 13 June, Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burma) gave an address at the Riksdag at the invitation of 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.

Photo: Mats Nyström / Försvarsmakten

Yes to Swedish participation in two military missions

The Riksdag has said yes to the participation by Swedish armed forces in two international operations. These include the UN stabilisation mission in Mali and the military training mission in Iraq.

Further measures to counter extremism

Activities that are at risk of supporting radicalisation are not to receive central government funding. This is one of the four requests that the Riksdag directed at the Government with the aim of preventing violence-promoting extremism.

Photo: Gorm Kallestad / TT

Limited parental benefit for immigrants with children over 1 year old

Parents who immigrate to Sweden with their children are to receive limited parental benefit. The benefit will now be adjusted in relation to the age of the child in question. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

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: Jeppe Gustafsson / TT

The Swedish Police is to increase cooperation with other states in the fight against terrorism

The Swedish Police should be able to cooperate in a more in-depth manner with foreign authorities in the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime. The Riksdag said yes to the Government's legislative proposal.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

Everyone is to be given access to a payment account with basic features

All consumers who are legally residing within the European Economic Area (EEA) are to receive a bank account with basic features. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.