The ceremony for the opening of the Riksdag session will start at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 14 September. Here you will find practical information for journalists and photographers wishing to cover the ceremony. Please note that the information may be changed, for example, in the event of new advice and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of places available in the Riksdag press gallery and the photo positions will be heavily limited during this year's opening. An option is to follow the ceremony via the Riksdag webcast service at www.riksdagen.se. In order to avoid overcrowding, the Statement of Government Policy will not be handed out to journalists on paper in the Riksdag. Instead, you are referred to www.regeringen.se where the Statement of Government Policy will be published in the customary way. You will need to notify us in advance if you require a seat in the Chamber's press gallery or a place in one of the photo positions. Please note that it is not possible to be allocated a place in more than one photo position. Please note also that notification in advance will not guarantee you a place. If the interest in covering the ceremony exceeds the number of places available, a selection will be necessary. You will need media accreditation Journalists and photographers wishing to work independently in the Riksdag premises will require media accreditation to the Riksdag. Information and an application form are available on the Riksdag website.. Media accreditation Apply for a seat in the press gallery During the opening of the Riksdag session, there is a press gallery in the Chamber which may be used by accredited journalists and (seated) photographers who have applied for a seat in advance and whose applications have been granted. The number of seats in the press gallery of the Chamber is heavily limited. The application period starts at 8 a.m. on 1 September and ends at 5 p.m. on 9 September. Applications are to be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that notification in advance will not guarantee you a place. If the interest in covering the ceremony exceeds the number of places available, a selection will be necessary. The Riksdag Administration will inform you of whether or not your application has been granted by 13 September. Apply for a photo position During the opening of the Riksdag session, there photo positions which may be used by accredited photographers who have applied for a position in advance and whose applications have been granted. The number of places in each photo position is heavily limited. The photo positions can be found partly at Riksplan on a provisional stand below the entrance stairway and partly around the Chamber, see positions 1 and 7-10 on this diagram: Diagram of photo positions in the Chamber The application period starts at 8 a.m. on 1 September and ends at 5 p.m. on 9 September. Applications are to be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com. Please note that notification in advance will not guarantee you a place. If the interest in covering the ceremony exceeds the limited number of places available, a selection will be necessary. The Riksdag Administration will inform you of whether or not your application has been granted by 13 September. Practical information The dress code for the opening of the Riksdag session is jacket. This means a suit with a light-coloured shirt, and a tie or bow-tie or a dress/skirt/trousers which is more elegant than regular, everyday wear. Preliminary schedule 12.15 p.m: The photo positions at Riksplan open. Photographers are to take their places no later than 12.45 p.m. The photo positions close at 1.55 p.m. 12.45 p.m: The Grand Stairway in the East Wing of the Riksdag, the connecting corridors between the East and West Wings and the Chamber Foyer close to the media. The Grand Stairway will open again at 2 p.m. The Chamber Foyer and connecting corridors will open again after the ceremony at approximately 3.30 p.m. 12.45 p.m: The entrance at Riksplan opens. The Central Band of the Swedish Army performs and the Grenadiers of the Life Guards are on parade. Flag-bearers from the Association for the Children of Östergötland stand outside the Kopparporten entrance with Swedish flags. Duo West/Rydvall performs inside on the Grand Stairway. The members of the Riksdag and invited guests arrive. The Speaker, members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister and others make their way via the Grand Stairway to the Chamber. 12.45 p.m: The press gallery and photo positions around the Chamber open. Photographers are to take their places no later than 1.30 p.m. Members of the press with seats in the press gallery are to take their seats no later than 1.45 p.m. 2.00 p.m: The ceremony in the Chamber starts. Musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra perform. At the request of the Speaker Andreas Norlén, H.M. The King declares the 2021/22 Riksdag session open, after which the Prime Minister delivers the Statement of Government Policy. The programme also includes the Swedish Royal Anthem, vocal performances by artists, the Swedish National Anthem and exit music. 8.00 p.m: Floodlights illuminating the East Wing of the Riksdag are switched on by the Speaker at a webcast ceremony, as part of the Riksdag's celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the advent of democracy. No other arrangements in connection with the ceremony The customary reception for members of the Riksdag and guests in the Grand Gallery has been cancelled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no concert at Konserthuset this year either. Other adaptations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riksdag has significantly adapted its work procedures, and the opening of the Riksdag session will also be affected. The forms for the ceremony are adapted to give the opening an appropriate backdrop, while also taking into account the responsible agencies' recommendations and provisions. The number of participants is therefore limited to the 349 members of the Riksdag, government ministers, parts of the Royal Family and a small number of other guests. A limited number of members of the Riksdag will therefore be able to bring a family member. Members of the Riksdag, government ministers and a limited number of guests will sit in the Chamber, spread out in the seats on the floor of the Chamber and in the Public Gallery. The invited family members of the members of the Riksdag will sit in another part of the buildings and will be able to watch a live broadcast of the ceremony. The number of staff working with the ceremony has been reduced to a minimum. Storkyrkan and the Humanists Before the opening of the Riksdag session, the Humanists will hold a meeting and Storkyrkan will hold a service. The accreditation to the Riksdag does not apply to these. For further information about the Humanists' meeting, please contact Ulf Gustafsson, telephone 076-305 06 02, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the service at Storkyrkan, please contact Kristina Ljunggren, telephone 070- 316 18 05, email email@example.com. For further information, please contact The Riksdag Administration Press Service, telephone 08-786 62 00. The Speaker's Press Service, telephone 08-786 44 00.