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Old 12-18-2003, 03:23 AM
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Just some information


"The Riksdag or Sveriges Riksdag is the Parliament of Sweden. However when it was founded in 1866 Sweden did not have a parliamentary system of government.

The precursor to the Riksdag was the Riksdag of the Estates or Ståndsriksdagen. Of ancient origin in the Viking Things it became a permanent institution in the 15th century. The representation in the Riksdag of the Estates was based on the Four Estates, which historically reflected the lines of division in Swedish society: Nobility, Clergy, Burgesses and Peasants. Under the Instrument of Government of 1809 the Riksdag shared the powers of Government with the King.

The New Riksdag
In 1866 all the Estates voted dissolve the Riksdag of the Estates and establish a new Riksdag. The new Riksdag was a political assembly with two chambers where the members were appointed in national elections. The revolution was that Citizens could participate and vote in the elections without regard to which Estate they had hitherto belonged, instead there were new requirements on income or wealth, i.e. census suffrage. Despite the fundamental change in the principles of representation the social composition of the Riksdag did not alter by much, and the system of Government had not changed. Under the Constitution of 1809 the Riksdag still divided the powers of Government with the King.

Parliament and Democracy
From the second half of the 19th century, when the Riksdag was founded, until the early 20th century Swedish society underwent a number of fundamental changes that impacted on political system. Political demands, but also sheer economic progress, increased the share of citizens eligible to vote and have a direct influence on the political system. This in turn also sponsored the emergence and growth of political parties. The Riksdag had also been able to assert itself against the Royal authority and a de facto parliamentary system had begun to emerge.

The last time the King attempted to exercise political authority was in February, 1914 when King Gustav V delivered a speech to 30,000 Peasants, assembled on the yard of the Royal Castle in Stockholm, an action which precipitated the fall the incumbent liberal cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Karl Staff. In the face of popular unrest and gains for Liberals and Socialists in general elections 1917 the King hesitantly accepted to appoint a new Cabinet in accordance with the principles of Parliamentarism. The new government's main task was to present bills on democratization. The voting franchise had been extended to all adult males in 1907 and women's suffrage gave them the same rights in 1921. By this Sweden had established a democratic and parliamentary system of Government.

In the 1960s debates intensified over constitutional reform in Sweden. The fundamental question was over the system of government. Even though a de facto parliamentary system was firmly established, somewhat similar to the situation in the United Kingdom, there were demands for a more democratic constitution. One of the main issues was whether the Monarchy would survive a constitutional reform and this blocked the issue for a long time.

In 1970 a reform of the Riksdag had been agreed upon. Though not technically part of the constitution it showed that the parties in the Riksdag were able to agree upon fundamental changes of the political system. The reform transformed the Riksdag from a two-chamber assembly it into a unicameral assembly with 350 seats. Unfortunately the first general election to the unicameral Riksdag only gave the Government support from 175 members, while the opposition could mobilize an equal force of 175 members. In several cases this meant that the final outcome of a tied vote, was decided by chance. In 1974 the number of seats were reduced to 349.

In 1974 a new Instrument of Government was established as the vital part of the Constitution, and for the system of Government. The Monarchy had remained but the King had lost all political influence and was reduced to a mere Symbolic Chief of State. Several of the traditional Chief of State functions had instead been transferred to the Speaker of Parliament, who almost could be regarded as some form of equivalent to or non-titular republican president"


Sorry if this is not accurate. I foolishly put too much belief into the Internet sometimes.
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Old 12-18-2003, 10:51 PM
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I think Carl Gustaf's grandfather or great grandfather oversaw a lot of constitutional changes.

It would seem that a loss of a generation (CG's father) might have adversely impacted on sovereign rights. Too bad fof CG that he catches the flack for history that he was too young to appreciate for its significance !!!
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Old 12-31-2003, 08:01 AM
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I just saw in TV that Carl philip also was there
but no pictures, to bad
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:59 AM
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From Expressen.se
Victoria, Carl-Philip and Madeleine spent parts of their holidays in a luxurious Spa...Carl-Philip was very nervous before his first face treatment/face mask (better word/phrase?)...and the reason, why Victoria and Daniel stayed at home on the New years evening is, that they didn´t want to miss "expedition Robinson" ( )
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:26 AM
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Princess Madeleine, King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria at a seminar called " Children - The Heart Issue of Queen Silvia ", at the Royal Castle in Stockholm, Sweden, December 12, 2003. The seminar is a birthday gift for the queen who celebrates her 60th birthday, December 23, 2003
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:33 AM
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Hi, does anyone know where I can find voice files of members of the Royal Family speaking, whether it is in Swedish or English. I've never heard their voices and was just curious as to how they sound. Can anyone help?
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:35 AM
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Video and sound

http://www.lfv.se/site/airports/arla...film/film.asp#

the bottom one. Broadband or modem.

Okay. Play that until the speaker starts on the stage.
A little mingling at the beginning. Don't worry.

At the end, there is more of Victoria speaking,
cracking jokes and having fun. It starts just before
the front of the dial reaches the sound button circle.
Don't worry if the speaker on stage is still speaking.
That will be close enough and then you can watch until
the end.

If you don't have this then play the whole thing. It's about 22 minutes long.
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Old 01-17-2004, 09:19 AM
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I don´t think that children are asking...I guess it´s just a seminar about queen Silvia´s charity work?! [/b]
I can't believe how much CP Victoria resembles her mother! I've never noticed this before. I hope I look as vibrant and beautiful ( .. dream on ...!!) as Queen Sylvia does when I turn 60.

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Old 01-25-2004, 02:07 AM
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Hi
Could somebody please post a copy of the article, that appeared in last years Vanity Fair magazine, about the Royal children of Sweden.

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Old 01-25-2004, 02:11 AM
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Are you referring to the special 20th anniversary issue of Vanity Fair? There was no article on the Swedish royals in that issue, unless you count the short summary that went along with the two pictures of CP Victoria and her siblings.

For those you can look in Royal Chit Chat for the Vanity Fair thread. Some members were kind enough to scan them; you might be able to make out the text, though there was nothing new in them.
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:10 AM
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Hi

I was just wondering if any of the Royal Family have been to Australia or have plans to come to Australia in the future?

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Old 02-03-2004, 02:25 AM
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Thier Majesties came for the Olympics in 2000 and the King has come out for some boy Scout organisation a couple of years ago as well
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Old 02-05-2004, 08:14 AM
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The King paid a state visit ot Australia in the 1980s. He was accompanied by his sister Princess Christina for that visit as Queen Silvia was either expecting or had not long given birth to Princess Madeleine. The state visits are all listed on the royal website.

I wonder how Princess Christina was refered to suring the visit - HRH or not? I must try and check the newspapers of the time.

no mention of Princess Christina there. I must go and check up on that. Did the Princess accompany the King on any state visits or act as hostess to any prior to his marriage?

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Old 02-12-2004, 08:43 PM
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Maybe I'm a little slow, but why wouldn't the Kind be too happy with the press right now? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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Old 02-12-2004, 09:02 PM
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Because the press and some politicans have suggested, that he should abdict, because he said something positive about the development of Brunai (the government of Sweden just thinks, that Brunai is a dictatorship, which violates human rights)...more is in the Silvia &Carl Gustaf-news-thread...
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Old 02-20-2004, 09:11 AM
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There are no official duties for the swedish Royals next week...Does that mean holidays...skiing, going to a sunny place with beaches??
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Old 02-20-2004, 02:35 PM
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There are no official duties for the swedish Royals next week...Does that mean holidays...skiing, going to a sunny place with beaches??
I would guess skiing in Åre. This week, or the next, all primary schools in Sweden have a holiday week often called "sportlov". Sport= sports, athletic and lov= holiday, so that is the holiday when you´re supposed to go skiing and iceskating, and those who can afford it often do that! (Many people continue to do that even after primary school.)
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:28 PM
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yeah, you´re right. she is probably going skiing somewhere...hopefully :P
but not all university students have a week off. I have, but my friend have classes all this week
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:39 PM
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Do all pupils all over Sweden have holidays next week? Aren´t there congestions at the ski lifts? I´m not surprised, that not all university-students have holidays next week...usually universities are more flexible.
But I still hope for beach-pics *sigh*...
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Old 02-21-2004, 07:21 AM
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No, both week 7, 8 and 9 (maybe 6 aswell) are "holiday weeks" for the swedish schools.
The west, like Gothenburg, have week 7 off, the south and central areas of Sweden have week 8 and the pupils in Stockholm have their school break week 9. I´m not sure about the north parts of Sweden but I think they have their holidays earlier, like week 6 or something like that...

and yes, lets hope for some romantic beach photos of the princesses and their boyfriends :P
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