The 2017/18 Riksdag session opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September. The regional theme for the opening this year was southern Sweden.
At the request of the Speaker Urban Ahlin, King Carl XVI Gustaf declared the 2017/18 Riksdag session open. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) then read the Statement of Government Policy, presenting the Government's intended policies for the coming year.
In addition to the members of the Riksdag, the Royal Family, the Government and other specially invited guests attended the opening. The ceremony in the Chamber also included the Swedish Royal Anthem, music performed by the artist Nils Landgren and the National Anthem.
As in previous years, the opening of the Riksdag session had a regional theme. This time, the focus was on southern Sweden, including the provinces of Skåne, Småland, Blekinge, Gorland and Öland. The theme was reflected in the programme, food and decorations. The choir who was performing came from Jönköping in the province of Småland, and the artist Nils Landgren has also connections with southern Sweden.
Riksdag webcast service
The opening of the Riksdag session can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service in Swedish, English and in sign language.
Opening of the Riksdag session