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This is how much you earn if you’re a Swedish politician

How much do Sweden's lawmakers earn? Now we know.

This is how much you earn if you're a Swedish politician
Swedish MPs will get a pay rise next month. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish members of parliament will be given a 1,500 kronor pay rise this year, with salaries raised to 66,900 kronor ($7,350) a month starting November 1st, the parliament's salary department announced.

The wage hike is based on overall wage fluctuations in the Swedish labour market in 2018.

“We look at the National Mediation Office's statistics on wage setting, the National Institute of Economic Research's reports and the Swedish Central Bank's reports, and at salary trends over the course of the year,” Johan Hirschfeldt, head of the parliament's salary department, told Swedish newswire TT.

The pay rise of around 2.3 percent is smaller than last year's 1,600 kronor.

Swedish politicians still earn less than many of their European counterparts. Members of Germany's Bundestag receive around €9,500 every month (approximately 99,000 kronor or $11,000) and the basic salary for an MP in the UK is more than £6,400 a month (approximately 75,000 kronor or $8,300).

Sweden's 349 newly-elected MPs started their term in office last month after the September 9th election.

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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

READ ALSO: What happens next as parliament reopens? 

In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.

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