Lowering of emission reduction obligation for petrol and diesel
The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal for an amendment to the Act on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from certain fossil fuels.
New nuclear power in Sweden
The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's legislative proposal on new nuclear power in Sweden.
More effective tools for internal controls in respect of aliens
The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government’s proposal to introduce the possibility to carry out searches of aliens in order to look for passports and other identity documents and the possibility of retaining such documents, in connection with internal controls of aliens.
New act on economic sanctions against terrorism
The Riksdag has approved a legislative proposal from the Government concerning the freezing of assets in order to prevent and counter the financing of acts of terrorism.
The Riksdag this week, 4–8 December
- Debates on proposals
- Seminar: The Riksdag through history – its changed role and development (to be held in Swedish)
- Public meeting of the Committee on Health and Welfare on the reform of EU pharmaceuticals legislation
- Debates on proposals
- Question-and-answer session with the Prime Minister
- Book presentation: The Riksdag in Time and Space (Riksdagen i tid och rum, to be given in Swedish)
Guided tours of the Riksdag in Swedish and in English
Work with the central government budget
Work with the central government budget for 2024 began on 20 September when the Minister for Finance Elisabeth Svantesson (Moderate Party) submitted the Government’s Budget Bill to the Riksdag. On 29 November, the Riksdag will be debating and deciding on the overall expenditure limits, that is how much each expenditure area should cost. At the same time, the Riksdag will take a position on an estimate of central government revenue for the next year.
From royal power to people’s power – 500 years of parliament in Sweden
In June 2023, Sweden will celebrate 500 years as an independent nation. The Riksdag is commemorating and celebrating how Sweden’s form of government has developed, with a special emphasis on the role of the parliament and the development of its work procedures over the last 500 years.
The parties in the Riksdag and number of members
The Riksdag has 349 members who are elected every four years. Eight political parties are represented in the Riksdag during the 2022–2026 electoral period.
There is currently one member of the Riksdag without party designation. The member has left their party since the 2022 elections.
How the Riksdag works
The Riksdag’s five main tasks
The Riksdag is the highest decision-making assembly in Sweden. The Riksdag’s tasks include making laws and determining the central government budget. It also examines how the Government performs its duties.
One of the Riksdag’s most important tasks is to make laws. Proposals for new laws, or amendments to existing laws, normally come from the Government in the form of a government bill. However, proposals can also come from one or several members of the Riksdag.
Determines the central government budget
The Riksdag is responsible for determining central government expenditure and revenue in the central government budget.
Examines the work of the Government
The Riksdag has several ways of examining the way in which the Government and public agencies perform their duties.
Works with EU matters
Sweden is a member of the EU. As a result, the Riksdag is not the only body with the authority to decide what laws will apply in Sweden.
Helps to shape foreign policy
Certain foreign policy matters can only be determined by the Riksdag.
Welcome to the Riksdag
There are many ways of visiting the Riksdag. Guided tours of the Riksdag are available all the year round. Tours in English are available at noon and 1.30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. School classes and other groups can also book study visits in advance.
All debates in the Chamber and public hearings are open to the public.