Riksdag of Sweden
On or before 13 September 2026
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The Riksdag (Swedish: [ˈrɪ̌ksdɑː(ɡ)] ⓘ, lit. transl. "diet of the realm"; also Swedish: riksdagen [ˈrɪ̌ksdan] ⓘ or Sveriges riksdag [ˈsvæ̌rjɛs ˈrɪ̌ksdɑː(ɡ)] ⓘ) is the legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden. Since 1971, the Riksdag has been a unicameral legislature with 349 members (riksdagsledamöter), elected proportionally and serving, since 1994, fixed four-year terms. The 2022 Swedish general election is the most recent general election.
The Swedish word riksdag, in definite form riksdagen, is a general term for "
The roots of the modern Riksdag can be found in a 1435 meeting in the city of
On 22 June 1866, the Riksdag decided to reconstitute itself as a
By an amendment to the
Powers and structure
The Riksdag performs the normal functions of a
As of September 2022, 163 members, or 46.7% of the 349 members are women. Five parties have a majority representation of female MPs as of 2022: the Left Party (17 of 24, 70.8%), the Green Party (12 of 18, 66.7%), the Liberals (9 of 16, 56.3%), the Center Party (13 of 24, 54.2%), and the Social Democratic Party (55 of 107, 51.4%). The party with the lowest share of female MPs is the Sweden Democrats (18 of 73, 24.7%).
Members of the Riksdag are full-time legislators with a salary of 71 500 SEK (around $6,300) per month.
According to a survey investigation by the sociologist Jenny Hansson, Members of the Riksdag have an average work week of 66 hours, including side responsibilities. Hansson's investigation further reports that the average member sleeps 6.5 hours per night.
The speaker of the Riksdag nominates a Prime Minister (Swedish: statsminister, literally minister of state) after holding talks with leaders of the various party groups in the Riksdag. The nomination is then put to a vote. The nomination is rejected (meaning the Speaker must find a new nominee) only if an absolute majority of the members (175 members) vote "no"; otherwise, it is confirmed. This means the Riksdag can consent to a Prime Minister without casting any "yes" votes.
After being elected the Prime Minister appoints the cabinet ministers and announces them to the Riksdag. The new Government takes office at a special council held at the Royal Palace before the Monarch, at which the Speaker of the Riksdag formally announces to the Monarch that the Riksdag has elected a new Prime Minister and that the Prime Minister has chosen his cabinet ministers.
The Riksdag can cast a
If a vote of no confidence is cast against the Prime Minister this means the entire government is rejected. A losing government has one week to call for a general election or else the procedure of nominating a new Prime Minister starts anew.
No party has won a single majority in the Riksdag since 1968. Political parties with similar agendas consequently cooperate on several issues, forming coalition governments or other formalized alliances.
Two major blocs existed in parliament until 2019, the
In 2019, after the 2018 election in which neither bloc won a majority of seats, the Social Democrats and Green Party formed a government with support from the Liberals and Centre Party, breaking the center-right Alliance. In March 2019, the Christian Democrats and Moderate Party signaled a willingness to talk with the Sweden Democrats.
|Party||Leaders||Seats||Seat share (%)|
|Social Democratic Party||Magdalena Andersson||107||30.7|
|Sweden Democrats||Jimmie Åkesson||73||20.9|
|Moderate Party||Ulf Kristersson||68||19.5|
|Left Party||Nooshi Dadgostar||24||6.9|
|Centre Party||Muharrem Demirok||24||6.9|
|Christian Democrats||Ebba Busch||19||5.4|
|Green Party||Märta Stenevi / Daniel Helldén||18||5.2|
All 349 members of the Riksdag are elected in the general elections held every four years. All Swedish citizens who turn 18 years old no later than on the day of the election and have at one point been registered residents are eligible to vote. To stand for election, a candidate must be eligible to vote and be nominated by a political party. A minimum of 4% of the national vote is required for a party to enter the Riksdag, alternatively 12% or more within a constituency. Substitutes for each deputy are elected at the same time as each election, so by-elections are rare. In the event of a snap election, the newly elected members merely serve the remainder of the four-year term.
Constituencies and national apportionment of seats
The electoral system in Sweden is proportional. Of the 349 seats in the unicameral Riksdag, 310 are fixed constituency seats allocated to 29 multi-member constituencies in relation to the number of people entitled to vote in each constituency. The remaining 39 adjustment seats are used to correct the deviations from proportional national distribution that may arise when allocating the fixed constituency seats. There is a constraint in the system that means that only a party that has received at least four per cent of the votes in the whole country participates in the distribution of seats. However, a party that has received at least twelve per cent of the votes in a constituency participates in the distribution of the fixed constituency seats in that constituency.
2022 election results
|Swedish Social Democratic Party||1,964,474||30.33||107||+7|
|Alternative for Sweden||16,646||0.26||0||0|
|Christian Values Party||5,983||0.09||0||0|
|Independent Rural Party||2,215||0.03||0||0|
|Communist Party of Sweden||1,181||0.02||0||0|
|64 other parties (fewer than 1,000 votes)||4,264||0.07||0||0|
|Source: Sweden's Election Authority|
|Kristersson's Bloc (M+SD+KD+L)||3,212,007||49.59||176||+2|
Historical composition of the Riksdag
Swedish parliamentary election (since 1948)
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