A report on Sweden and Monarchy of Sweden

kunuki, i.e. konungi, the dative case for Old Norse konungr ("king"). A runic inscription of the 11th century (U11) refers to King Håkan the Red.
A Vendel-era helmet, at the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities
Gustav I, portrayed here in 1542 by Jakob Binck, legally created the hereditary monarchy and organized the Swedish unitary state.
Viking expeditions (blue lines)
The Lion of the North: King Gustavus Adolphus depicted at the turning point of the Battle of Breitenfeld (1631) against the forces of Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly.
The Tjängvide image stone dating from 800 to 1099, example of Viking art
Charles XI at the Battle of Lund in 1676. Painting by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl.
Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), a site of religious and political importance in the early days of Sweden
Crown Prince Charles John at the Battle of Leipzig (1813). Painting by Fredric Westin.
Skog tapestry, made most probably during the late 13th century.
The royal standard used by the monarch
Gustav I liberated Sweden from Christian II of Denmark, ending the Kalmar Union. He established the House of Vasa which ruled Sweden and Poland until the 17th century
The Silver Throne, used by all Swedish monarchs from Queen Christina in 1650 onward
Gustavus Adolphus at the Battle of Breitenfeld in 1631.
The Crown of Eric XIV.
The Swedish Empire between 1611 and 1815, with its absolute peak between 1658 and 1660.
The Royal Orders of Sweden constituting the Royal Order of Knights
The Battle of Poltava in 1709. In the following years, Russia and her allies occupied all Swedish dominions on the Baltic coast and even Finland.
The Royal Palace in Stockholm, as seen from the tower of the Cathedral
Illustration of starvation in northern Sweden, Famine of 1867–1869
The castle Tre Kronor, located on the site of today's palace, in a painting from 1661 by Govert Dircksz Camphuysen.
Swedish emigrants boarding ship in Gothenburg in 1905
Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the home residence of the King and Queen.
A Swedish soldier during World War II. Sweden remained neutral during the conflict.
Haga Palace is the residence of Crown Princess Victoria and her family.
Tage Erlander (left), Prime Minister under the ruling Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1946 to 1969.
The royal barge Vasaorden, last used at the 2010 royal wedding.
Sweden joined the European Union in 1995 and signed the Lisbon Treaty in 2007.
Second day of the Stockholm Husby riots. The picture shows three cars on fire in the Stockholm suburb of Husby, 20 May 2013
View of the Stora Sjöfallet National Park
Scania in southern Sweden
Sandhamn island, Stockholm archipelago
Köppen climate classification types of Sweden using the 0°C isotherm
Köppen climate classification types of Sweden using the -3°C isotherm
Map of Sweden's five major vegetation zones
The current King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, and his consort, Queen Silvia
Rosenbad, in central Stockholm, has been the seat of the Government since 1981.
The Riksdag chamber, at the time of a vote, in 2009
The party leaders lined up before the start of the televised live debate on 12 September 2014.
Municipal divisions of Sweden
Kingdoms of Svear (Sweonas) and Götar (Geats) in the 12th century, with modern borders in grey
The Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament in 2014
Bonde Palace in Stockholm, seat of the Supreme Court of Sweden
The EU parliament in Brussels. Sweden is a member state of the European Union.
Development aid measured in GNI in 2009. Source: OECD. As a percentage Sweden is the largest donor.
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is an advanced Swedish multi-role fighter aircraft of the Swedish Air Force.
The Infantry fighting vehicle CV90, which is produced and used by Sweden
Gross regional product (GRP) per capita in thousands of kronor (2014)
A proportional representation of Sweden exports, 2019
Sweden is home to Volvo Cars, an automobile company with its headquarters in Gothenburg
Real GDP growth in Sweden, 1996–2006
Sweden is part of the Schengen Area and the EU single market.
Nordstan is one of the largest shopping malls in northern Europe
Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant, located south of Gothenburg
The Öresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen in Denmark
Stockholm Central Station
Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and institutor of the Nobel Prize
Population density in the counties of Sweden.
Distribution of speakers of the Swedish language
The Protestant Katarina Church in Stockholm
The second oldest mosque in Sweden is the Malmö Mosque, inaugurated in 1984
Historical development of life expectancy in Sweden
Uppsala University (established 1477)
Nationalmuseum in Stockholm
The Swedish band ABBA in April 1974, a few days after they won the Eurovision Song Contest
Kalmar Cathedral
Headquarters of Sveriges Television in Stockholm
The writer and playwright August Strindberg
Walpurgis Night bonfire in Sweden
Cinnamon rolls originated in Sweden and Denmark.
Former World No. 1 tennis player Björn Borg
Former world No. 1 tennis player Björn Borg

The monarchy of Sweden is the monarchical head of state of Sweden, which is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy with a parliamentary system.

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Sweden is a constitutional monarchy, and King Carl XVI Gustaf is the head of state, but the role of the monarch is limited to ceremonial and representative functions.

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Basic Laws of Sweden

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The Basic Laws of Sweden (Sveriges grundlagar) are the four constitutional laws of the Kingdom of Sweden that regulate the Swedish political system, acting in a similar manner to the constitutions of most countries.

Constitutional functions for the head of state, i.e. the monarch, include heading the cabinet councils (the king plus the members of the government), heading the Council on Foreign Affairs, recognizing new cabinets (in the Council of State), and opening the annual session of the Riksdag.

Prime Minister of Sweden

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Ingvar Carlsson
Carl Bildt
Göran Persson
Fredrik Reinfeldt
Stefan Löfven
The Rosenbad building has functioned as the Prime Minister's Office (Statsrådsberedningen) since 1981.
The Sager House is the Prime Minister's official residence.
Harpsund Manor has been used as the Prime Minister's country residence since 1953.
Kanslihuset was where the Prime Minister's Office was located prior to 1981. Nowadays it houses offices of the Riksdag.

The prime minister (statsminister ; literally translating to "Minister of State") is the head of government of Sweden.

Before 1876, when the office of a single prime minister was created, Sweden did not have a head of government separate from the King.

The Old Parliament House on Riddarholmen was the seat of the Riksdag from 1833 to 1905.


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The Old Parliament House on Riddarholmen was the seat of the Riksdag from 1833 to 1905.
Kulturhuset at Sergels torg served as a temporary seat for the Riksdag, from 1971 to 1983, while the Riksdag building on Helgeandsholmen underwent renovation.
Historical distribution of seats in the Swedish Riksdag 1902-2018.
The offices of the parliament are housed in several buildings, including the former Royal Mint on Mynttorget Square.

The Riksdag (, ; also riksdagen or Sveriges riksdag ) is the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden.

Under the new Instrument of Government (one of the four fundamental laws of the Constitution) enacted in 1974, that task was removed from the Monarch of Sweden and given to the Speaker of the Riksdag.

The House of Nobility, seat of the Swedish nobility.

Riksdag of the Estates

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The House of Nobility, seat of the Swedish nobility.

Riksdag of the Estates (Riksens ständer; informally Ståndsriksdagen) was the name used for the Estates of Sweden when they were assembled.

Until its dissolution in 1866, the institution was the highest authority in Sweden next to the King.

Hans Järta, the principal author of the Instrument of Government.

Instrument of Government (1809)

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Hans Järta, the principal author of the Instrument of Government.

The 1809 Instrument of Government (1809 års regeringsform), adopted on 6 June 1809 by the Riksdag of the Estates and King Charles XIII, was the constitution of the Kingdom of Sweden from 1809 to the end of 1974.

Speaker of the Riksdag

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The speaker of the Riksdag (Riksdagens talman) is the presiding officer of the national unicameral legislature in Sweden.

Since 1975, in accordance with the Instrument of Government of 1974, it is the speaker and no longer the monarch who appoints and dismisses the prime minister.

Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava is the seat of the President of Slovakia.

Head of state

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Public persona who officially embodies a state in its unity and legitimacy.

Public persona who officially embodies a state in its unity and legitimacy.

Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava is the seat of the President of Slovakia.
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George V, Emperor of India, and Empress Mary at the Delhi Durbar, 1911.
Tekiso Hati, ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho, presenting his credentials to Russian president Vladimir Putin
Daniel B. Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, presents his credentials to Israeli president Shimon Peres on 3 August 2011
A 1992 Letter of Credence, written in French, for the Czechoslovakian Ambassador to Lithuania, signed by the President of Czechoslovakia and addressed to his Lithuanian counterpart
Albert II, King of the Belgians inspecting troops on Belgium's national day in 2011
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France and General Jean-Louis Georgelin, Chief of the Defence Staff, reviewing troops during the 2008 Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris
Francis, from March 2013 the sovereign of the Vatican City State, an ex officio role of the Pope
Abdulmecid II is the 150th and last Caliph of Islam from Ottoman dynasty
Four generations of Danish kings in 1903: King Christian IX (left), Christian (X) (back), Frederick (VIII) (right), and Frederick (IX) (front)
The National Monument to Emperor Wilhelm I in Berlin, Germany, dedicated 1897, nearly 10 years after his death. The monument was destroyed by the communist government in 1950.
Title page of 1550 Italian edition of Machiavelli's The Prince
Bodin named on title page of Discorsi politici (1602) by Fabio Albergati who compared Bodin's political theories unfavourably with those of Aristotle
Frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (1651)

3) The non-executive model, in which the head of state has either none or very limited executive powers, and mainly has a ceremonial and symbolic role (e.g. Sweden, Japan, Israel).

Since the passage in Sweden of the 1974 Instrument of Government, the Swedish monarch no longer has many of the standard parliamentary system head of state functions that had previously belonged to him or her, as was the case in the preceding 1809 Instrument of Government.

Carl Gustaf in May 2018

Carl XVI Gustaf

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Carl Gustaf in May 2018
The 15-year-old Crown Prince of Sweden looks at the recently recovered 17th-century warship Vasa in 1961.
The King and Queen of Sweden welcomed at the Kremlin by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila at the start of the King's state visit to Russia, 8 October 2001.
Royal monogram
A new Swedish double duchy was created for Princess Madeleine (left) in 1982, whereas her husband in 2013 declined to become a Swedish citizen, prince, and duke and is called Herr Christopher O'Neill in Sweden
King Carl XVI Gustaf with Queen Silvia at the royal wedding of their daughter Victoria

Carl XVI Gustaf (Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus; born 30 April 1946) is King of Sweden.

🇸🇪 Sweden: Recipient of the 90th Birthday Medal of King Gustaf V

Lesser coat of arms of Sweden

Government of Sweden

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Lesser coat of arms of Sweden
Lesser coat of arms of Sweden
Rosenbad, in central Stockholm, has been the seat of the Government since 1981.
Image of the signature blocks with seals of the 2011 Croatia EU Accession Treaty for Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Note that Sweden is the only one of the four not with its head of state as high contracting party.
Chancellery House (Kanslihuset) was the seat of the Government Offices until 1981, and the housed its predecessor, the Royal Chancery, dating back to the days of the Royal Palace fire in 1697.
The Central Post Office Building, houses the Ministry of Enterprise.

The Government of the Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sveriges regering) is the national cabinet of Sweden, and the country's executive authority.

Following the adoption of the 1974 Instrument of Government on 1 January 1975—the Government in its present constitutional form was constituted—and in consequence thereof the Swedish Monarch is no longer vested any nominal executive powers at all with respect to the governance of the Realm, but continues to serve as a strictly ceremonial head of state.

Charles John, born Jean Bernadotte, King of Sweden and Norway 1818–1844
Portrait by Fredric Westin.

House of Bernadotte

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Charles John, born Jean Bernadotte, King of Sweden and Norway 1818–1844
Portrait by Fredric Westin.
Bernadotte's arms as sovereign of Pontecorvo
Greater Coat of Arms of Sweden

The House of Bernadotte is the royal house of Sweden since its foundation in 1818.