On Monday 17 December, The King and The Crown Princess attended a seminar at the Riksdag building to commemorate the emergence of democracy in Sweden.
The Riksdag is commemorating the introduction of democracy in Sweden with jubilee celebrations lasting for four years, marking the emergence of democracy in Sweden in various ways. 17 December 2018 was the one hundredth anniversary of the Riksdag's first agreements on general suffrage and equal voting rights.
To commemorate the centenary of the emergence of democracy, the Swedish Government decided earlier this year that 17 December 2018 would be a temporary national flag day.
In connection with the seminar on 17 December, two anthologies of texts about the development of democracy and democratic processes in the present and the future have been published. During the jubilee years, an exhibition on the democratisation process will also be displayed in the windows along Mynttorget and Västerlånggatan in Stockholm's Gamla Stan.
At the Riksdag, The King and The Crown Princess were received by Speaker Andreas Norlén. The seminar began with an address by Andreas Norlén.
The seminar's moderator Cecilia Garme then handed over to editors Lena Wängnerud and Docent Ulrika Holgersson, who presented the anthology on the centenary of suffrage.
Professor Emeritus Christina Florin and Docent Fia Sundevall then gave a historical description of everything from disqualification from voting to women's political participation, and all those who did not have the right to vote.
Docent Ulrika Holgersson spoke about the battle for the right to vote from a media perspective.
Professor Jan Teorell and Professor Lena Wängnerud talked about the future of democracy, how it has been questioned by some, and how it has evolved over the years.
In the anthology The Future of Democracy, ten researchers write about their views of democracy and democratic challenges such as digitalisation, globalisation and political participation. The editors are Sören Holmberg and Katarina Barrling, and the anthology has been published by the Swedish Riksdag.
The One Hundred Years of the Right to Vote anthology has been produced by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. It brings together and presents articles by around thirty different researchers on the latest research into the right to vote, ahead of the centenary of the emergence of democracy. The editors are Ulrika Holgersson and Lena Wängnerud.