The 2017/18 Riksdag session will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 12 September. All journalists wishing to attend the ceremony or to visit the Riksdag buildings on that day must apply for media accreditation for the Riksdag. The closing date for photographers wishing to be allocated to photo locations is 5 p.m. on 7 September. The closing date for journalists and photographers without a photo location is 12 noon on 11 September.
11 a.m. Roll-call
Roll-call of the members of the Riksdag in the Chamber.
1 p.m. Music and singing when the entrance to Riksplan opens
The Central Band of the Swedish Army will perform and the Life Guards will be on parade at Riksplan. In the East Wing of the Riksdag, the Kedjan Folk Dance Society and The Police Veterans will parade with flags of the Swedish provinces on the Grand Stairway accompanied by songs performed by the vocal ensamble June Cantores.
1 p.m. The guests arrive
The members of the Riksdag and specially invited guests will arrive at 1 p.m. The members of the Royal Family will travel in procession from the Royal Palace and will arrive at Riksplan shortly before 2 p.m. where they will be met by the Speaker. The Speaker, the members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and others will make their way together via the Grand Stairway to the Chamber.
2 p.m. Ceremony in the Chamber
The Mounted Band of the Royal Lifeguards will play while the Chamber fills up. At the request of the Speaker, King Carl XVI Gustaf will declare the 2017/18 Riksdag session open. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) will then read the Statement of Government Policy. The programme in the Chamber also includes the Royal Anthem, music by trombonist Nils Landgren, the National Anthem and exit music.
After the ceremony, the Speaker will host a reception in the Grand Gallery for members of the Riksdag and invited guests. The reception is open to the media.
The opening of the Riksdag session has a regional theme. This time, the focus is on southern Sweden, including the provinces of Skåne, Småland, Blekinge, Gotland and Öland. The theme will be reflected in the programme, food and decorations.
Webcast and TV broadcast
The ceremony can be followed live via the Riksdag webcast service and on Swedish television (SVT).
Media accreditation and photo locations during the opening
All journalists wishing to attend the ceremony or to visit the Riksdag buildings on that day must apply for media accreditation for the Riksdag. Journalists and photographers who do not have Riksdag accreditation need to apply for temporary accreditation to the opening of the Riksdag session.
The closing date for photographers wishing to be allocated to photo locations is 5 p.m. on 7 September. The closing date for journalists and photographers without a photo location is 12 noon on Monday 11 September. Please note that no applications may be submitted after this time.
For further information about accreditation, photo pooling and collection of media passes, see our previous press release.
The opening of the Riksdag session on 12 September: Media accreditation and photo pools
Concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall
In cooperation with the Stockholm Concert Hall, members of the Riksdag and guests are invited to a concert beginning at 7 p.m. A photo location will be set up outside the Concert Hall so that guests may be photographed on arrival (from 6 p.m. onwards). Photographers wishing to take photographs outside the Stockholm Concert Hall also require accreditation for the Riksdag. The concert will be broadcast live on Swedish Television (SVT).
Storkyrkan and the Humanists
Riksdag accreditation is not valid for the service in Storkyrkan or for the secular ceremony arranged by the Humanists. For further information, please contact the Stockholm Cathedral Parish and the Swedish Humanist Association.
For further information, please contact:
The Riksdag Information Service, tel: 020 349 000 (from inside Sweden), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sven Kullberg, press secretary, +46 8 786 53 93, for general questions.