What does the Riksdag do?

The Riksdag is the highest decision-making assembly in Sweden. Its tasks include making laws and determining the central government budget. The Riksdag also examines the work of the Government.

The Speaker's gavel on the desk in front of the Speaker's seat in the Chamber.
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Makes laws

One of the Riksdag’s most important tasks is to make laws.

Several copies of the Government's Budget Bill for 2023. They are blue.
Photo: Anders Löwdin

Determines the central government budget

The Riksdag is responsible for determining central government expenditure and revenue in the central government budget.

View of Rosenbad from the West Wing of the Riksdag. Greenery in the foreground and people crossing the bridge.
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand//Swedish Parliament

Examines the work of the Government

The Riksdag has several ways of examining the way in which the Government and public agencies perform their duties.

The EU flag and the Swedish flag flying side-by-side in front of the East Wing of the Riksdag.
Photo: Anders Löwdin

Works with EU matters

Sweden is a member of the EU. As a result, the Riksdag is not the only body with the authority to decide what laws will apply in Sweden.

Flags in front of the East Wing of the Riksdag.
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Helps to shape foreign policy

Certain foreign policy matters can only be determined by the Riksdag.

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