Iceland More Likely To Defy US Than Denmark - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland More Likely To Defy US Than Denmark

Published February 16, 2012

Iceland showed some interesting trends in terms of how it votes with or against different countries in the United Nations general assembly.
Icelanders have often said, at different points in history, that their country will more or less go along with whatever the United States wants to do. This talk was especially prevalent in 2003, when the US invaded Iraq and it came to light that Iceland was in the so-called “coalition of the willing,” despite the matter having never been put to a parliamentary vote.
However, when the raw data is examined, a very different picture of Iceland’s sense of alliance and defiance comes to light. Columnist and political analyst Pawel Bartozek has published a list, taken from data from the UN General Assembly, which shows what percentage of the time Iceland has voted in favour of a resolution from a respective country.
As it turns out, Iceland was in most agreement with Denmark (99%), Norway (98.9%) and Holland (98.7%). By contrast, the United States was actually the least likely country for Iceland to vote with, at 46.3%, just after Israel (55.2%). Iceland was more likely to vote with North Korea (62.2%), Iran (66%) and Syria (66%) than the US.


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