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Sweden is a country with a diverse culture and people. Its

government consists of a figurehead king and the Riksdag (Swedish

parliament). The government is the force in the process by which their laws

are changed. The changes a government wishes to make are set out in

legislative proposals, or bills, which are then laid before the Riksdag.

The Riksdag has 349 members. Elections for the members are on

district levels every four years. The decisions of the Riksdag are based on

proposals from either the government or motions put forward by members.

The work of the Riksdag is led by the Riksdag Board, which is chaired by

the Speaker. The members of parliament are divided into 16 committees

which deal with some 200 Government bills.

Carl XVI Gustaf has been the Head of State of Sweden since 1973. In

this capacity he is the representative of the entire country and as such, has

only ceremonial duties and functions. The Head of State has no real

political power and does not participate in political life. The Swedish

monarchy is purely constitutional. The Head of State makes state visits to

other countries and acts as host for representatives of other countries who

Sweden is mostly a parlimentary government, but it is also a

monarchy. The King is the Head of State but serves no real purpose other

than to act as an ambassador to welcome representatives. The parliament

serves the needs of the people as well as what's good for the country. The

country has a low crime rate and a high employment rate. The country works

well with this form of government and wouldn't need another form of it.

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