The Swedish Model of welfare and government is internationally famous. But how does law-making actually work, and where does it all happen? The answer is Riksdagen, the parliament building in the heart of Stockholm.
NFGL students gathered for a tour of the prestigious building. You can read more about the history of the building, Swedish government, and tour times here – but start off by getting a taste of this unique SI activity.
The beautiful Riksdag building, located on the waters of central Stockholm was inaugurated in 1905. But the building became too cramped and old, so in 1983 it joined the Bank of Sweden building – where much of law-making takes place today.
The cold, blustery weather did not deter eager students from attending the tour!
The view from the seventh floor of the Riksdag building looks out across the City Hall and the cold November waters.
The group also got a glimpse of the chamber, where the debates and legislative voting take place. Members of Parliament are seated according to their constituency. The oldest member is 80 and still going strong, while the youngest is just 21.
In order to be elected to parliament, a person must be at least 18 years of age and have Swedish citizenship.
Our tour guide explained how voting works. If a person from one party is absent, a vote from the opposing side is deducted to keep it even.
This additional chamber has retained its furnishings from 1905, and features beautiful frescoes on the wall and a stunning vaulted skylight. Large party discussions sometimes take place here.
The building features gorgeous views of Stockholm from all sides.
The Grand Stairway, made of impressive marble, is used for special occasions – for instance when the King of Sweden opens the parliament each year in September.
The building is also filled with art, and guests can participate in art tours for free.
A special room, the Women's Room, is dedicated to female politicians and artists.
Students were shocked to learn that Swedish women were not granted full voting rights until 1921.
After the tour of Riksdagen, the NFGL participants gathered for a delicious vegetarian lunch at Myntkrogen in Old Town.