The Riksdag’s work in connection with the coronavirus

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration are closely following current events connected to the spread of the coronavirus in Sweden. On this page, you will find comprehensive information on the efforts that are in progress and the decisions that are being taken in connection with the coronavirus. This page is being updated continuously.

Parliamentary work at the Riksdag is continuing despite the spread of the coronavirus in society. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag Administration has undertaken a number of measures to enable the Riksdag to continue working despite the coronavirus.

The measures are based on recommendations from the relevant authorities and agencies. The aim is to reduce the risk of parliamentary work being affected by the coronavirus and to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

The task of the Riksdag Administration is to support the Riksdag so that it can perform its tasks, both in normal circumstances and in more unusual circumstances, like those affecting its work today.

Measures taken continuously

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have undertaken several measures as a result of the coronavirus, including more frequent cleaning of Riksdag premises and requesting all officials and politicians who are able to do so to work from home. So far, the following decisions have been made:

  • Some of the Riksdag's activities that have been closed to the public since the spring are now to open either completely or partially. For example, from 14 September it is possible to return and collect books at the Riksdag Library.
  • The ongoing pandemic will continue to affect the work of the Riksdag during the autumn, for example with just 55 members of the Riksdag present during votes, although all 349 members continue to be in service.
  • A memorial ceremony for the victims of the corona pandemic was held in the Riksdag on 17 June.
  • At the opening of the Riksdag session on 8 September, the number of people participating in the Chamber will be restricted, and some of the activities normally included in the programme will not take place.
  • The group leaders have agreed that only 55 members are to be present for votes in the Chamber, even though all members are still in service. Before each vote, the parties decide which members are to be present to vote. In other words, it is not the same 55 members who participate in every vote.
  • The Riksdag committees and the Committee on EU Affairs continue to work, but with the possibility for many members to join meetings on line. The parties can nominate any number of members as extra deputy members to any number of Riksdag committees and to the Committee on EU Affairs in order to ensure that they are fully manned.
  • As of the vote of 16 April, there will be “free seating” in the Chamber during votes. This means that the members are free to sit where they want, and therefore further apart from each other.
  • Guided tours of the Riksdag have been cancelled until further notice.

Riksdag decisions related to the coronavirus

Here are the latest decisions adopted by the Riksdag in connection with the coronavirus. You will find all corona-related decisions further down on the page.

  • The Riksdag has decided that the period for reporting verification of preliminary support in the case of short-time work is to be extended.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding new provisions on dental care subsidies on account of COVID-19.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding a ninth amending budget in response to the coronavirus outbreak which includes compensation to high-risk groups. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to take action regarding the future of Arlanda Airport.
  • The Riksdag has sent a reasoned opinion to the EU's decision-making institutions stating that a proposal from the European Commission on the EU's own resources conflict with the principle of subsidiarity, according to which decisions are to be taken as efficiently and as close to the citizens as possible.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding a new act regarding temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding an additional amending budget on reorientation support for companies with reduced turnover.
  • The Riksdag directed an announcement at the Government urging it to present a proposal to help individual business operators to weather the consequences of COVID-19.

Contact

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration are following the advice and recommendations issued by the relevant authorities and agencies. Do you have any questions about the work of the Riksdag in connection with the coronavirus? The Riksdag Information Service will be happy to answer your questions by telephone and email Monday–Friday. All telephone conversations are free of charge.

Email: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se
Telephone: 020-349 000 (national calls)

For all other questions, please contact the relevant authorities and agencies: