News - Riksdagen

The Riksdag from above. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag until the election

Friday 29 June 2018

Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business during the summer in their home communities. Throughout the summer they have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. After the election, the new Riksdag will meet on 24 September for a roll-call. The 2018/19 Riksdag session will open on 25 September. Guided tours of the Riksdag will be held over the summer in English on weekdays: Monday to Friday 12 noon and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The Riksdag Library is closed and will open again on 3 September.

Speaker Urban Ahlin shaking hands with the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: Achim Mende

Speaker leads delegation to Germany

Thursday 28 June 2018

On 25 – 27 June, the Speaker Urban Ahlin led a delegation of members of the Riksdag during an official visit to Germany. The agenda included a meeting with the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Wolfgang Schäuble.

Människor promenerar på Riksbron vid Riksdagshuset Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Summer and weekend guided tours

Monday 25 June 2018

During the summer (25 June–17 August) guided tours of the Riksdag will be held in English on weekdays: Monday to Friday 12 noon and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. From the middle of September until June, while the Riksdag is in session, guided tours for the general public are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Government guidelines for economic policy approved

Wednesday 20 June 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, which contains the Government's proposals for guidelines concerning economic and budget policy.

The Riksdag Board proposes changes to the Riksdag’s work on EU matters

Wednesday 20 June 2018

The Riksdag Board has decided to put forward a number of proposals in a submission concerning EU work in the Riksdag. The submission is based on the report produced by the all-party committee tasked with examining the Riksdag’s work on EU matters.

 Manlig elev räcker upp handen i ett klassrum. Vid katedern står en kvinnlig lärare. Photo: Lars Brundin / TT

More newly arrived students to meet requirements for upper-secondary school

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Newly arrived students in the upper years of compulsory school are to receive an individual study plan within two months of starting school. The plan will outline how students are to meet the requirements for upper-secondary school. In addition, such students are to receive an adapted timetable in which subjects required to enter upper-secondary school are given priority.

Byggnadsarbetare står på ställningar i dimma. Photo: Hossein Salmanzadeh / TT

Contractors higher up the chain could become responsible for salary disbursement

Wednesday 20 June 2018

A new law is being introduced concerning the responsibilities of contractors' relating to the requirement of employees to have their salary disbursed. An employee who does not receive a salary for work carried out in connection with a building or construction contract must be able to receive payment from another contractor higher up the chain.

Improved protection for minority languages

Tuesday 19 June 2018

A larger extent of services in the areas of elderly care and preschools are to be provided through the medium of minority languages. The requirements in the proposal apply primarily to the minority languages Finnish, Meänkieli and Sami, but improved opportunities are also being introduced to receive elderly care in Yiddish and Romany Chib. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to become law in Sweden

Wednesday 13 June 2018

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is to become law in Sweden. The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2020.

Legislation on terrorism to be broadened

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Almost all the penalty provisions in the three laws on terrorism are to be broadened. The purpose of the amendments is mainly to enable the implementation of an EU directive on combating terrorism. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. 

Skor utanför rum på flyktingboende för ensamkommande barn. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

A new possibility to acquire residence permits to result in amendments to the budget

Thursday 7 June 2018

A new possibility for certain unaccompanied minors to acquire residence permits is to be introduced. As a result of this, expenditure limits and appropriations in the central government budget for 2018 are to be amended.

Profit regulation of welfare services is not to be introduced

Thursday 7 June 2018

The Riksdag has rejected the Government's proposal to introduce a profit regulation on welfare services. The Government's proposal concerned limiting the claiming of profits in order to strengthen confidence in private actors and confidence in the welfare system in general.

Police to be given powers to conduct more workplace inspections

Thursday 31 May 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to give the Swedish Police Authority greater scope to conduct workplace inspections, in order to check that employers are not employing people without the right to remain or work in Sweden.

New legislation on sexual crime to be introduced

Wednesday 23 May 2018

New legislation on sexual crime based on the principle of consent is to be introduced. The purpose of the legislation is to clarify that every individual has an unconditional right to decide over their own sexual relations. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Photo: Gunno Rask / TT

More students to complete upper-secondary education

Wednesday 23 May 2018

The Government has submitted several proposals intended to enable more students to commence and complete secondary education. The Riksdag voted in favour of all of the proposals except for one concerning whether some students are to be exempted from certain eligibility requirements for preparatory programmes at upper-secondary school for higher education.

Cooperation agreement between EU countries and Afghanistan

Wednesday 16 May 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of a cooperation agreement between EU countries and Afghanistan involving partnership and development efforts. However, the Riksdag voted against a private member's motion, that is, a motion raised as a result of the proposal concerning the cooperation agreement.

Speaker of the Croatian Parliament visits the Riksdag

Friday 27 April 2018

The Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković visited Stockholm on 24-26 April on an official visit at the invitation of the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Plockade jordgubbar ligger i lådor i ett stort jordgubbsland. I bakgrunden syns jordgubbsplockare. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / TT

Non-EU/EEA citizens to be granted permits for seasonal work

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Citizens of countries that are not members of the EU or EEA who have been offered employment as seasonal workers in Sweden are to be granted permits for seasonal work. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Speakers shaking hands outside the Riksdag Photo: Anders Löwdin

Finland’s Speaker visits the Riksdag

Friday 20 April 2018

The Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, Paula Risikko, visited Sweden on April 19 at the invitation of Speaker Urban Ahlin. 

Speaker visits Faroe Islands with delegation

Thursday 19 April 2018

On 12-13 April, the Speaker Urban Ahlin led a delegation of Riksdag members on an official visit to the Faroe Islands. A meeting with Faroese Speaker Páll á Reynatúgvu was one of various events on the agenda.