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.

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. Among others, the following decisions have been made:

  • The Speaker and the party group leaders have agreed that the recommendation regarding the use of face masks in the Riksdag will be lifted from Monday 14 June.
  • The Speaker and the party group leaders have decided that just 55 members of the Riksdag should be present in the Chamber during debates. 
  • The Riksdag Administration recommends that face masks be worn in the self-service restaurant and the café in the West Wing of the Riksdag when it is not possible to maintain distance.
  • On 16 December, the Riksdag Board decided to convene a cross-party committee to conduct a follow-up of the work of the Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration during the corona pandemic. 
  • As a general rule, both members of the Riksdag and officials in the Riksdag Administration are to work from home.
  • Stricter rules apply to the possibilities for both members and officials wishing to receive external guests at the Riksdag.
  • As a rule, the meetings of the parliamentary committees and Committee on EU Affairs are held remotely (digitally). However, physical meetings are still possible under certain conditions. Extra deputy members have been elected in order to ensure that the parliamentary committees and the Committee on EU Affairs are fully manned.
  • Meetings between officials are also to be held remotely as a rule.
  • The party group leaders have agreed that only 55 members are to be present for votes in the Chamber, even though all 349 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.
  • Since mid-April, there has been free-seating in the Chamber during votes. This means that members may sit wherever they choose so that they can sit farther apart.
  • 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 police should be authorised to give compulsory tests to people for COVID-19 if necessary in order to enforce an expulsion order. This is the opinion of the Riksdag and urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly investigate the issue.
  • The Government has presented a number of proposed measures as a result of the corona pandemic. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.
  • Extended period of validity for certificates of professional competence.
  • The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposed guidelines for economic policy in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill.
  • 2020 central government annual report examined.
  • Secrecy will not apply to decisions on support to companies in the case of short-time work, decisions on repayment of such support or decisions on compensation for skills enhancement measures that companies that are granted support are entitled to. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.
  • The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to take measures to improve support to companies affected by the consequences of the pandemic.
  • A temporary reduction of employers' social security contributions for up to two employees is to be introduced for growth companies. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. This measure is intended to strengthen the opportunity for companies to employ people during the corona pandemic.
  • The Riksdag considers that the Benefit Offences Act should be extended to include central government support to companies. The Riksdag therefore called on the Government by way of an announcement to get back to the Riksdag with such a proposal for an extended Benefit Offences Act.

 

 

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: