Visit the Swedish House of Parliament – A free Stockholm attraction

Sweden is a monarchy.  After this past summer’s big wedding, most of the world knows that.  Of course, the Swedish monarchy has no power.  Power resides in the parliament.  The Swedish Riksdag.  This is especially important right now because Sweden is holding an election this Sunday, the 19th.

Voters throughout Sweden will be casting their ballot for the party which they believe is best fit to govern the country.  Even Swedish voters abroad have the opportunity to make their voices heard.  And many have and will continue to do so until the ballots close.

But for those of you who are not Swedish citizens, you can still get a little piece of the Swedish political action.  By visiting the Riksdag of course.  It’s a great free Stockholm attraction and rather underrated

The Swedish House of Parliament is located in Stockholm, Sweden.  Just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Castle, the Riksdag sits on an island.  Stockholmers and visitors alike walk by it every day on one of Stockholm’s busiest pedestrian walkways.

Few seem to go in.  Which is unfortunate because the Riksdag offers free public tours.  In English even.  While the parliament is in session, tours are offered on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at 13:30.  During the summer months (end of June to the end of July), tours are offered every weekday at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00.  The tour lasts an hour and is a great way to learn more about Sweden’s political system and the Riksdag itself.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.