It is going to be easier to remove unlawful settlements

Wednesday 17 May 2017

It is going to be easier for landowners to reclaim their land when people have settled there without permission. As a result of the Riksdag's decision, a new form of assistance - removal - will be introduced.

Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson / TT

The Swedish Police is to increase cooperation with other states in the fight against terrorism

Wednesday 17 May 2017

The Swedish Police should be able to cooperate in a more in-depth manner with foreign authorities in the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime. The Riksdag said yes to the Government's legislative proposal.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

Everyone is to be given access to a payment account with basic features

Wednesday 3 May 2017

All consumers who are legally residing within the European Economic Area (EEA) are to receive a bank account with basic features. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. 

Photo: Tomas Oneborg / TT

Greater opportunities for collective action against workplaces with foreign labour

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Swedish trade unions are to be given the right to take collective action against workplaces with foreign labour which have not entered into a Swedish collective agreement. This will provide better working conditions for employees who come to Sweden to work here for a limited time. The Riksdag voted yes to the Government's proposal.

Photo: Bertil Ericson / TT

Consequences of scarcity of resources should be reviewed

Wednesday 26 April 2017

The Government should conduct a review of the possible consequences of the scarcity of resources in medical care in connection with a severe emergency. The Riksdag has urged the Government to conduct such a review in an announcement.

Flaggorna vajar på halv stång framför Riksdagshuset Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / TT

The victims of the attack in Stockholm were honoured

Monday 10 April 2017

In order to honour the victims of the attack in Stockholm on 7 April, the Riksdag flew its flags at half mast. On 10 April, the flags at the Riksdag were flown at half mast from 8 a.m. until noon when a minute of silence was held throughout the country. At 12 noon, a ceremony was also held at Stockholm City Hall, which was attended by the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

The Riksdag flies the flag at half-mast

Saturday 8 April 2017

The Riksdag is flying its flags at half-mast in connection with what took place in Stockholm on Friday. On 8 April, the Riksdag's flags are to be displayed at half-mast from 8 o'clock in the morning.

Statement by the Speaker concerning the attack in Stockholm

Friday 7 April 2017

"All indications are that our capital has, once again, been afflicted by a terrorist attack. It is with rage that I condemn this deed, and with great sorrow that my thoughts go to the victims of the attack and their families," says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

It will be easier to grant temporary building permits for housing

Wednesday 5 April 2017

In order to address the housing shortage in Sweden, the rules for granting temporary building permits are going to be simplified. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Speaker's statement on the explosions in St Petersburg

Monday 3 April 2017

The Speaker's statement on the explosions in St Petersburg Monday 3 April 2017: "Once again it seems like the Russian people have been hit by a terrorist attack. My thoughts go to the victims of the brutal and cowardly attack and to their families," says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Open Day at the Riksdag 2017. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Open Day at the Riksdag

Saturday 25 March 2017

The Riksdag Open Day took place on Saturday 25 March. During the day, it was possible to visit the Chamber, meet members of the Riksdag, parliamentary committees and political parties. The programme included a question-and-answer session with MPs and guided tours.

The Speaker's reaction to the news that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting a child

Thursday 23 March 2017

The Speaker Urban Ahlin has reacted to the happy news that Prince Carl Philip an Princess Sofia are expecting their second child. "I would like to express my warmest congratulations and my very best wishes to Prince Carl Philip an Princess Sofia and their family," says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Photo: Karl Melander / TT

Possibilities for the state to protect defence interests should be improved

Wednesday 15 March 2017

The state should have greater scope to protect Sweden's total defence interests, and urgent action is required from the Government. The Riksdag urged the Government to get back to the Riksdag with a proposal as soon as possible.

Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

The Riksdag has considered the European Commission’s work programme for 2017

Wednesday 15 March 2017

The parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs has examined the European Commission's work programme for 2017, which contains the political priorities for 2017. The Committee on Foreign Affairs has focused on the following priority areas: The EU as a global actor, migration policy and trade policy.

Possible to introduce grades from year four on a trial basis

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Grades will be introduced on a trial basis from year four. The Government has been given the go-ahead to establish such trials and to draw up suitable rules. At most, 100 schools will be able to take part in the pilot scheme.

Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Foreign policy debate

Monday 13 February 2017

A foreign policy debate was held on Wednesday 15 February. The first part of the debate was introduced with the presentation of the Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party). One representative from each party then participated in the initial debate. In the second part of the debate, all members who wished to speak were given the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

Photo: Andreas Hillergren / TT

Ban on wearing masks at sports events

Wednesday 25 January 2017

The wearing of masks at sports events is to be prohibited. Anyone visiting a sports facility, for example for a football match, who either completely or partially covers their face in a way that makes it more difficult to be identified can be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for at most six months.

Photo: Paul Bradbury

More even gender distribution on company boards should not be achieved by means of binding legislation

Wednesday 18 January 2017

The Riksdag considers that it is important to achieve a significantly more even gender distribution than we have today when it comes to participants in financial decision-making. However, the Riksdag considers that a greater gender balance should be promoted in other ways than by binding legislation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government to take measures to ensure that that it is the owners of limited companies that continue to determine gender distribution on company boards.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Debate between party leaders

Tuesday 10 January 2017

A debate between party leaders was held on Wednesday 11 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

Continued Swedish participation in the military training mission in Iraq

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Sweden will continue to participate in the ongoing military training mission in northern Iraq in 2017. This is what has been decided by the Riksdag.