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. Among others, the following decisions have been made:

  • The party group leaders have agreed that only the members and ministers who are participating in a debate should be present in the Chamber during the debate.
  • The Riksdag has been summoned to convene in the first week of January in order to consider a provisional act to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – the “pandemic act”.
  • 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. 
  • Following consultations with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided that a debate between on EU policy shall be held at the Riksdag on 20 January. The planned debate between party leaders on EU policy that was due to take place on 18 November was cancelled on account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden.
  • 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.
  • The Riksdag Library is closed until further notice.
  • 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 voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a temporary law and certain legislative amendments to enable more measures to be taken to counteract congestion and thus prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Riksdag urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly get back to the Riksdag with a proposal for a temporary law that makes it possible to implement more accurate measures is required in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Riksdag has decided to approve amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act, one of the effects of which will be that temporary legislative amendments on account of COVID-19 will be extended until 1 January 2023.
  • The Riksdag has decided on the Government's proposal on an amendment to the Act on Support in the Event of Short-time Work which will mean that employers who are receiving support for providing short-time work and who are arranging competency measures will have the opportunity to receive compensation for such measures.
  • The Riksdag has decided on an amendment to the Student Aid Act which will mean that in the event of extraordinary events in peace time the Government can decide that a higher amount than normal may be provided in the form of an extra loan to those who have worked previously.
  • The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that the Act on the register of national vaccination programmes should also include vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding continued communicable disease control measures at restaurants and bars
  • The Riksdag voted in favour of a proposal to extend the provisional law that makes it possible for companies and organisations to hold their annual general meetings without physical participation.
  • The Riksdag voted in favour of amendments to the central government budget. The amendments will mean that central government expenditure will increase by SEK 31 billion this year.
  • The Riksdag considers that the work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up, and urged the Riksdag Board by way of an announcement to initiate a follow-up.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding an additional amending budget which includes extended period of compensation for people belonging to high-risk groups.
  • The Riksdag has taken a decision regarding adapted licence requirements for occupational pension funds.

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: