The Riksdag’s work in connection with the coronavirus

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration are closely following current events connected to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden. On this page, you will find comprehensive information on the efforts that are in progress and the decisions that are being taken in connection with the pandemic. This page is being updated continuously.

The Riksdag Administration has undertaken a number of measures to enable the Riksdag to continue working despite the coronavirus.

The measures are based on recommendations from the relevant authorities and agencies. The aim, throughout, has been to reduce the risk of parliamentary work being affected by the coronavirus and to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

The task of the Riksdag Administration is to support the Riksdag so that it can perform its tasks, both in normal circumstances and in more unusual circumstances, like those affecting its work today.

Measures that have been taken

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have undertaken several measures as a result of the coronavirus. Here is a selection of the decisions that have been made:

  • As of Monday 29 November, visitors and groups of visitors to the Public Gallery of the Riksdag will be placed one metre apart. Groups of visitors consisting of more than 8 people will be split up. These measures are being put in place in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
  • The Speaker and party group leaders have agreed that, as of 25 October 2021, all committee meetings will be face-to-face once again. The agreement also means that, as of 13 October, members may arrange events and receive visitors in the Riksdag premises, but with a limited number of participants in October and November.
  • As of 4 October, the Riksdag Library will be open again with ordinary opening hours.
  • The Speaker and the party group leaders have decided that, after the opening of the 2021 Riksdag session, all 349 members of the Riksdag may once again participate in votes in the Chamber. The limit regarding the number of members who should be present in the Chamber during debates will be lifted with immediate effect, and the previous agreement between the party group leaders that just 55 members should participate in votes will cease to apply from 15 September.
  • The Riksdag Board has decided to convene a cross-party committee to conduct a follow-up of the work of the Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Guided tours of the Riksdag have been cancelled until further notice.

Riksdag decisions related to the coronavirus

Here are the latest decisions adopted by the Riksdag in connection with the coronavirus. You will find all corona-related decisions further down on the page.

  • The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on central government compensation for injury caused by vaccination against COVID-19.
  • The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amended rules regarding review of short-time work support.
  • The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal for a new, temporary act concerning tax reduction for investments in equipment made during 2021. 
  • The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal about a temporary tax reduction for income earned in 2021 and 2022.
  • The COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink are to continue to apply
  • The police should be authorised to give compulsory tests to people for COVID-19 if necessary in order to enforce an expulsion order. This is the opinion of the Riksdag and urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly investigate the issue.

 

 

Contact

The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration are following the advice and recommendations issued by the relevant authorities and agencies. Do you have any questions about the work of the Riksdag in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic? The Riksdag Information Service will be happy to answer your questions by telephone and email Monday–Friday. All telephone conversations are free of charge.

Email: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se
Telephone: 020-349 000 (national calls)

For all other questions, please contact the relevant authorities and agencies: