Information regarding periods of office of Riksdag members

Incorrect information regarding the finishing times of the period of office of certain members of the Riksdag may be displayed on our website at the moment. We are in the process of running a quality check on this information in order to rectify any remaining errors. If you have any questions, please call the Riksdag Information Service, tel: 020-349 000 (inside Sweden).

Members and parties

Foto: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag has 349 members who are elected every four years. To be able to stand for election, you need to be entitled to vote in the parliamentary elections yourself and you must be nominated by a political party. Eight political parties are represented in the Riksdag during the 2014-2018 electoral period.

The work of the members

The members of the Riksdag devote a great deal of their time to work in the committees. Other important tasks include writing private members' motions, and addressing interpellations and questions to government ministers.

The Speaker

The Speaker presides over the work of the Riksdag and is the Riksdag's foremost representative. Among other things, the Speaker chairs the meetings of the Chamber. Urban Ahlin (Social Democratic Party) has been the Speaker of the Riksdag since 2014.

The Government

The Government governs Sweden. It implements the Riksdag's decisions, and presents new proposals for legislation and for amendments to existing laws. The Government of Sweden consists of the Prime Minister and 22 ministers.


The members represent their party and their constituency. If a member is granted leave of absence for at least one month, his or her duties shall be carried out by an alternate member. You will find information on the members and alternate members in the Chamber here.