– The Parliament celebrates democracy's historic breakthrough, but we also want to highlight the opportunities and challenges today. It is Sweden's democracy that we celebrate, and that is why I look forward to talking about it when I visit Luleå University of Technology, says Speaker Andreas Norlén.
100 years ago, the Swedish Parliament decided to introduce universal and equal voting rights, which meant that women were allowed to vote in national elections. The reform came after intensive struggle and the decision is seen as a milestone in the history of Swedish democracy. The first democratic parliamentary elections took place in 1921 and the first women took place in the parliament in 1922.
Democratic breakthroughs are celebrated throughout the country
To emphasize that it is the whole of Sweden's democracy that is being celebrated, the Speaker and the Vice-Speakers will visit all counties and discuss the historical breakthrough of democracy and the challenges and opportunities of democracy today and tomorrow. Monday 16 September, it is time for Norrbotten. At 10.15-11.15 Andreas Norlén lectures in Aula Aurora in the D-house at Luleå University of Technology for students, employees and interested from the public. Josefin Rönnbäck, researcher in history at the University and author of the Central bank's anthology on the right to vote, also participates in the lecture.
– The road to voting rights has not been straight, and democratic rights have not fallen from the sky. They are rights that many people have fought for. It is therefore important to remember that what we see as obvious today has not always been the case, she says.
Participates in the Barents Parliamentary Conference
From Luleå, President Andreas Norlén continues to Haparanda and the 9th Barents Parliamentary Conference. Karl Andersson, Associate Professor in Distributed Computer Systems at Luleå University of Technology, is there to talk about the new Kolarctic project DIT4BEARS (Disruptive Information Technologies for Barents Euro-Arctic Region). The main purpose of the project is to develop IT-based solutions that will benefit companies in the Arctic region and facilitate the mobility of people, products and knowledge within the Barents region.