King Carl XVI Gustaf has opened the Riksdag session 2019/20. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The new parliamentary year has started

Tuesday 10 September 2019

King Carl XVI Gustaf has opened the Riksdag session 2019/20, marking the start of the new parliamentary working year. Parts of the broadcast from the ceremony were interpreted into English and can be watched on demand.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Speaker receives the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament

Monday 9 September 2019

On 9 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received the Speaker of the Eduskunta – the Finnish Parliament, Matti Vanhanen, during his official visit to Sweden.

The Speaker participates in a ceremony in Poland to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War Photo: Jakub Szymczuk / KPRP

The Speaker participates in a ceremony in Poland to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War

Tuesday 3 September 2019

On 1 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén represented Sweden at a ceremony in Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Speaker invites you to seminars and the Riksdag stand at Almedalen

Friday 28 June 2019

The Speaker Andreas Norlén will inaugurate the Almedal Week in Visby and would like to invite you to a number of seminars and coffee at the Riksdag stand. The Speaker will also present a travelling exhibition on the advent of democracy.

The Riksdag says yes to the Government's spring revised budget for 2019

Tuesday 18 June 2019

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals in the spring revised budget for changes to revenue and expenditure for 2019, as well as amended use of appropriations.

Measures to help British citizens in Sweden in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Wednesday 12 June 2019

The Government has proposed certain legislative amendments to make it easier for British citizens living in Sweden in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. The Riksdag supports and says yes to the Government's proposal. The new rules will come into force on 15 July 2019.

Tax reductions for donations to non-profit organisations re-introduced

Tuesday 4 June 2019

The Riksdag voted in favour of reintroducing tax reductions for donations to non-profit organisations. This means that the procedure for approval of recipients of donations associated with this will also be reinstated, but without the previous application and annual fees.

Certain provisions relating to the budget process should be reviewed

Wednesday 15 May 2019

The Riksdag considers that the time-constrained budget process during the autumn of 2018 has given rise to a number of questions about the budget process after elections and the limited time frame available for preparation and decisions in the Riksdag.

The Riksdag critical of EU proposal on changes to decision-making in tax policy

Wednesday 8 May 2019

The European Commission proposes a gradual shift to qualified majority voting in tax policy decisions. The Riksdag is very critical of the European Commission's proposal.

The Riksdag approves Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia

Thursday 2 May 2019

The Riksdag has approved the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU, its member states and Armenia, and has thus voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Fewer judges are to be required to decide on extradition

Thursday 2 May 2019

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposed legislative amendments stating that fewer judges in the Supreme Court shall be required to decide on extradition. Such an extradition shall apply for a person who is suspected, charged or convicted for a crime in another country and who is in Sweden.

Riksdagshuset västra i skymning Photo: Anders Löwdin

Celebrate democracy during Open Day

Friday 26 April 2019

On Saturday 27 April, the Riksdag will be holding an Open Day. This time we will be opening our doors during Stockholm Culture Night from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The Riksdag approves agreement on social security between Sweden and the Philippines

Thursday 11 April 2019

The Riksdag approved a new agreement on social security between Sweden and the Philippines and thus voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Government is to have the possibility to change government ownership of Telia

Wednesday 3 April 2019

The Government is to have the possibility of changing government ownership of Telia when the company carries out a share repurchase programme. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Yes to social security benefits and compensation for healthcare expenses in connection with Brexit

Wednesday 27 March 2019

The Riksdag has said yes to a proposal from the Government that Swedish social security benefits can continue to be paid to individuals in the UK for a certain period after the country has left the EU. An exception to this, however, is unemployment insurance. Private individuals will also be able to receive compensation for healthcare expenses during the same transitional period.

Possibility for companies in the UK to conduct securities operations without authorisation

Wednesday 13 March 2019

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government’s proposal that companies registered in the UK which are currently permitted to conduct securities operations in Sweden without authorisation from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (FI) shall be permitted to continue with this for a certain period after the UK has left the EU.

Yes to more money to the European Investment Bank

Wednesday 13 March 2019

As the UK intends to leave the EU and thus the European Investment Bank (EIB) on 29 March 2019, there will be a capital increase for the Bank’s members. This is to avoid the EIB from being forced, in the next few years, to reduce lending and thus risk a downgrading of the bank’s high creditworthiness.

Tax convention between Sweden and Russia amended

Thursday 28 February 2019

The Riksdag has approved amendments to the tax convention between Sweden and Russia. The purpose of the tax convention is to avoid double taxation on income, and the proposed amendments mean, inter alia, that the convention can now be applied to wealth tax.

Photo: The Swedish Coast Guard

Several of Swedish Coast Guard's powers to be brought together in new coast guard law

Thursday 14 February 2019

The Swedish Coast Guard's work in the fields of crime prevention, maintaining order and control and supervision is to be regulated in a single piece of legislation in order to make the rules more coherent and easier to grasp.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

Monday 11 February 2019

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view of foreign policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.