Several thousand people visit the Riksdag every year. The Riksdag is open for anyone wishing to attend a debate or public hearing, take part in a guided tour, or participate in a study visit.
Everything that takes place in the Chamber is open to the public. Openness and transparency are central to Swedish democracy. Anyone who wants to can visit the Chamber to listen to debates, votes and question times, as well as public hearings and seminars. Guided tours in English are also available for the general public.
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Getting to the Riksdag
The Visitors' Entrance at Riksgatan 3, Stockholm is the main entrance for the public in connection with visits to the Chamber and guided tours.
When the parliamentary committees or the Committee on European Union Affairs hold public hearings or meetings that are open to the public, these are held in other assembly rooms, and other entrances usually apply in these cases. Follow the link for information about how to find the right entrance and about what applies to different kinds of visits:
Getting to the Riksdag
Accessibility in the Riksdag
The Riksdag Administration takes ongoing measures to improve accessibility so that everyone can visit the Riksdag without obstructions. Here you will find information about step-free entrances, technical aids such as hearing loops, and how to book a guided tour with interpretation into sign language.
Accessibility in the Riksdag
Prepare for your visit to the Riksdag
Security checks are carried out for visits to the Riksdag. Arrive in good time, about 10 minutes before your visit is due to start. Some debates attract a large number of visitors, and there may be queues to the security check. This may, for example, be the case for debates between party leaders, the annual foreign policy debate and Prime Minister's Question Time. Allow for longer than 10 minutes to reach the Public Gallery. Visitors to the Riksdag are to bring valid identification with them.
For security reasons, bags and outdoor clothing are to be left in specially provided lockers.
Photography is permitted from the Public Gallery, but not using a flash. Taking photographs of notes or documents on members' desks or the platform is prohibited.
Debates and votes in the Chamber
Debates and votes in the Chamber are open to the public. The Public Gallery of the Chamber is always open to the public when the members of the Riksdag meet in the Chamber for debates and to take decisions.
The committees hold hearings that are open to the public. The purpose is to provide members of the parliamentary committees with more information on a specific subject. When a hearing is held, the committee invites experts and representatives of various stakeholders to answer questions from the members.
The dates and times for debates, decisions and public hearings are published in the parliamentary calendar (in Swedish only).
The calendar (in Swedish)
Guided tours for the public
The Riksdag buildings are shown to the public throughout the year. From mid-September until June, while the Riksdag is in session, guided tours for the general public are held on Saturdays and Sundays. There are guided tours in Swedish and in English.
Tours are held on Saturdays and Sundays in Swedish at 12 noon. Tours in English are available at 1.30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This may be subject to change. Updated tour times can be found in the parliamentary calendar (in Swedish only). There are no guided tours during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
It is not necessary to book these guided tours in advance and the tours are free of charge. There is a total of 28 places on each tour. The tours take approximately 55 minutes.
Find out more about the main tasks of the Riksdag, how the members of the Riksdag work and about current business by booking a group tour of the Riksdag. Groups and school classes from year 7 upwards can book their own tour.
Group tours may be booked from late August to June on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. These tours must be booked in advance. The size of the group can range from 10 to 35 visitors. All tours are free of charge.
During the tour, the guide will talk about how the Riksdag works, and about the buildings and their history. Photo: Anders Löwdin
Teachers for years seven to nine of secondary school or for upper-secondary school, can bring their pupils to the Riksdag for an educational visit.
Secondary school pupils in years 7–9 can become members of the Riksdag for a day in an interactive role play at the Democracy Workshop. Upper-secondary school and adult students studying civics can also come to the Riksdag on a study visit.
Schools can book group tours for pupils in year 7 upwards. The maximum number of visitors for group tours is 35, including teachers and assistants.
Tours of the Riksdag for school classes
Contact and bookings
You are welcome to contact the booking service if you have any questions. The telephone is manned on Tuesdays–Thursdays between 9–11 a.m. The phone is closed during the Christmas and New Year holiday period and between June 27 and August 5.
Visit the Riksdag Library
The Riksdag Library has been in existence since 1851 and is open to the public. It is a special library for the social sciences and law. Its main task is to provide the Riksdag with data necessary for decision-making, and the collections have been built up to suit the needs of the Riksdag. Most of the books in the Library can be borrowed.
The Riksdag Library
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