From Iceland — What can I vote for?

What can I vote for?

Published February 6, 2009

What can I vote for?


You can vote for parties not individuals. Here is
a list of the current Icelandic political parties with a short
description of each one:

The Independence Party

Guiding principles: Right wing, conservative, believes in privatization
in all areas of society. Mostly anti-EU. Faces an internal crisis due
to some of their recent principles apparently driving Iceland towards
Party Chairman: Geir H. Haarde
Number of Alþingi seats: 25
Registered members: about 50,000
Ministers: None, as of late.
Overview: Founded in 1929. In office since 1991, holding both Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance posts ever since. Current leader has
held both positions. Former PM for the party, Davíð Oddsson is current
head of Central Bank. Most right leaning of all parties and by far the
largest one. The party’s ideology has been free market, privatization
and de-regulation mixed with conservative values. After eighteen years
in office, their coalition since 2007 with Social Democrats collapsed.
They leave office with Iceland’s economy all but in ruins.
Phone: 515-1700
Address: Háaleitisbraut 1, 105 Reykjavík
The Liberal Party
(Frjálslyndi Flokkurinn)
Guiding principles: Right wing, emphasis on opposing the fishing quota system.
Party Chairman: Guðjón A. Kristjánsson
Number of seats: 4
Registered members: about 2,000
Ministers: none
Overview: Labelled centre-right, the Liberal Party was originally
founded to oppose the Icelandic fishing quota system. In 2007, the
party started focusing on immigration issues and is currently the only
Icelandic political party that supports heavy restrictions on
immigration. Apparently.
Phone: 552-2600
Address: Skúlatún 4 9, 101 Reykjavík
The Progressive Party
Guiding principles: Right-centrist, believes in sparse economic and
environmental regulations. Is anti/pro EU.
Party Chairman: Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Number of seats: 7
Registered members: about 12,000
Ministers: none
Overview: Founded in 1916 as a farmer’s party. Currently supports
minority government but is not part of it. Was in government with
Independence Party from 1995 – 2007. Neck deep in shit pile usually
called the Icelandic economic collapse. Hoping for a comeback after
recent in-party reforms and a new 33-year-old leader.
Phone: 540-4300
Address: Hverfisgata 33 (2nd Floor), 101 Reykjavík
The Alliance Party (Samfylkingin)
Guiding principles: Left-centrist, social democrat. Pro-EU
Party Chairman: Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Number of seats: 18
Registered members: about 20,000
Ministers: Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Industry, Energy and Tourism: Össur
Skarphéðinsson, Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security. Ásta
Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir,
Minister of Communications: Kristján Möller,
Overview: Formed in 2000 as an alliance between then four left-wing
parties with the goal of making a large left-centre party that could
counter the large Independence Party. When finally large enough after
the 2007 elections, the party opted for joining its counterpart in
forming a coalition. The coalition lasted until late January 2009, when
The Social Democratic Alliance decided to form a minority coalition
with Left-Green Movement after polls showed the party’s popularity had
all but disappeared. Voters seemed to have lost patience towards the
government’s slow reaction to economic turmoil. Due to party leader’s
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir’s health problems, former Minister of
Social Affairs, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, is current PM of Iceland.
Phone: 414-2200
Address: Hallveigarstígur 1 (2nd Floor), Box 160, 101 Reykjavík
Left-Green Movement
(Vinstrihreyfingin – Grænt Framboð)
Guiding principles: Far-left, pro-environmental, anti-NATO, feminist. Anti-EU.
Party Chairman: Steingrímur J. Sigfússon
Number of seats: 9
Registered members: n/a
Ministers: Minister of Finance, Fisheries and Agriculture: Steingrímur J. Sigfússon,
Minister of Health: Ögmundur Jónasson, Minister of Education, Science
and Culture: Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister for the Environment: Kolbrún
Overview: Founded in 1999, the Left-Greens are a left leaning,
socialist party. Had until February 1st 2009 never held office, and
therefore hold little blame in the current shit-storm; their popularity
has increased extensively since Iceland’s economic collapsed. According
to recent polls, they are now the largest political party in Iceland.
Lead current minority coalition with Social Democratic Alliance.
Phone: 552-8872
Address: Pósthólf 175, 121 Reykjavík
Iceland’s Movement
Guiding principles: Pro environmental.
Party Chairman: Ómar Ragnarsson
Number of seats: none
Registered members: about 350
Ministers: none
Overview: Partly a fragment of the Liberal Party. Founded in 2007.
Focused on environmental issues. Failed to secure a seat in Alþingi in
the 2007 elections due to a new election law excluding all parties who
fail to get 5% of the popular vote or more.
Phone: 868-8299
Address: Skeljatangi 28, 270 Mosfellsbær
Support The Reykjavík Grapevine!
Buy subscriptions, t-shirts and more from our shop right here!


Power In Numbers

Power In Numbers


Show Me More!