The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration are closely following current events connected to the spread of the coronavirus 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 coronavirus. 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 is 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 taken continuously
The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have undertaken several measures as a result of the coronavirus. Among others, the following decisions have been made:
- The Speaker and the party group leaders have agreed to recommend the use of face masks in the Chamber and the lobby of the Chamber when distance cannot be maintained.
- The Riksdag Administration recommends that face masks be worn in the self-service restaurant and the café in the West Wing of the Riksdag when it is not possible to maintain distance.
- The Riksdag Library open for the return and collection of requested books on weekdays.
- The party group leaders have agreed that only the members and ministers who are participating in a debate should be present in the Chamber during the debate.
- On 16 December, the Riksdag Board decided to convene a cross-party committee to conduct a follow-up of the work of the Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration during the corona pandemic.
- As a general rule, both members of the Riksdag and officials in the Riksdag Administration are to work from home.
- Stricter rules apply to the possibilities for both members and officials wishing to receive external guests at the Riksdag.
- As a rule, the meetings of the parliamentary committees and Committee on EU Affairs are held remotely (digitally). However, physical meetings are still possible under certain conditions. Extra deputy members have been elected in order to ensure that the parliamentary committees and the Committee on EU Affairs are fully manned.
- Meetings between officials are also to be held remotely as a rule.
- The party group leaders have agreed that only 55 members are to be present for votes in the Chamber, even though all 349 members are still in service. Before each vote, the parties decide which members are to be present to vote. In other words, it is not the same 55 members who participate in every vote.
- Since mid-April, there has been free-seating in the Chamber during votes. This means that members may sit wherever they choose so that they can sit farther apart.
- 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 has adopted amendments to the central government budget for 2021 in order to give increased support to the elderly care services. Central government expenditure will increase by approximately SEK 4.3 billion in 2021.
- The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to approve the amended rules for the EU’s own resources from 2021 onwards, as decided by the Council of Ministers. The decision regulates revenues in the EU budget and the financing of the EU’s recovery fund for dealing with the corona pandemic.
- The Riksdag partially voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. These include an extension of financial support to companies as well as an extended borrowing limit to the Public Health Agency of Sweden to enable it to enter into further vaccine agreements.
- The Riksdag has called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry about the current travel guarantee system to ensure greater economic protection for travellers.
- The Riksdag voted in favour of amendments to the central government budget. The sickness insurance system will become more flexible than it is today for certain people on long-term sick leave.
- The Riksdag has decided that companies experiencing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic should continue – for a limited period – to receive support under the Energy Tax Act.