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Riksdag(rēks`däg, rēks`tä), national parliament of Sweden, formed in 1866. Originally a two-chamber legislature, it became a single chamber body in 1971. Representation in the chamber is proportional. Members are elected by universal suffrage for a term of three years. The cabinet is responsible to the Riksdag. A new constitution, effective in Jan., 1975, which eliminated the monarch's residual authority, gave the speaker of the Riksdag rather than the king the right to appoint a new premier.
in Sweden, the name of the unicameral parliament. It is elected for a term of three years by citizens 18 years of age or older.
The Riksdag consists of 349 deputies. The Riksdag is headed by a talman, who presides at sessions attended by the vice-talmans, the leaders of party factions, the chairmen of standing committees, and the deputy chairmen of the Riksdag’s administrative services. The Riksdag adopts laws, establishes taxes and the state budget, and elects the head of the government. It can express a loss of confidence in the government, and it has wide-ranging rights in diverse areas.