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  A colourful illustration of the Chamber with the members of the Riksdag viewed from above.

The Riksdag this week, 25 September – 1 October

Monday–Wednesday

  • A delegation from the Riksdag will participate in the 11th Barents Parliamentary Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Tuesday

  • Interpellation debates

Wednesday

  • Debates and decisions on proposals

Thursday

  • Public hearing in the Committee on Health and Welfare on national highly specialised care.
  • Interpellation debates. Among others, Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed (Christian Democrats) will answer an interpellation on meetings. with representatives of Islam with links to Islamists.
  • Question-and-answer session.
  • Special debate on African swine fever.

Friday

  • Interpellation debates. Among others, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström (Moderate Party) will answer an interpellation on the abolition of the feminist foreign policy.

Saturday– Sunday

  • Guided tours of the Riksdag in Swedish and in English.

Sunday

  • The EU's Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) on 1–3 October in Madrid, Spain.
Painting where you can see parts of the Royal Palace and the Riksdag Building. The sun is setting.

The opening of the Riksdag session 2023

The Riksdag opened again on Tuesday 12 September. The opening marks the start of the new parliamentary working year, the 2023/24 Riksdag session, for both the Riksdag and its 349 members.

The opening of the Riksdag session 2023

The general private members' motions period

Once a year the members of the Riksdag get the opportunity to submit motions - proposals - on virtually any subject. This is during the general private members' motions period, which takes place in the autumn.

The general private members' motions period

 Illustration of tug-of-war between royal power to people’s power

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.

From royal power to people’s power – 500 years of parliament in Sweden

Parties represented 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.

One member is currently without party designation. The member has left her party since the 2022 elections.

  1. 107

    The Social Democratic Party
  2. 72

    The Sweden Democrats
  3. 68

    The Moderate Party
  4. 24

    The Left Party
  5. 24

    The Centre Party
  6. 19

    The Christian Democrats
  7. 18

    The Green Party
  8. 16

    The Liberal Party

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.

Makes laws

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.

Makes laws

Illustration of the book of statutes and a gavel.
Illustration. People visiting 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 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.

Visit the Riksdag

The Speaker Andreas Norlén.

The Speaker

The Speaker is the Riksdag's principal representative, and as such directs and organises the Riksdag's work procedures. Andreas Norlén (Moderate Party) has been the Speaker of the Riksdag since 2018.

Overview of the Chamber with the tapestry Memory of a landscape by Elisabet Hasselberg Olsson in focus.

Webcasts

All debates from the Chamber are broadcast live via the Riksdag webcast service. A few of them are also interpreted into English.

Webcasts in English