Monday, October 18, 2021

Iceland Elects Europe’s First Female-Majority Parliament

Iceland Elects Europe’s First Female-Majority Parliament

Green Party wins 43.9 percent of the vote.

The youth party has made history.

Green Party reaches its historic power figure with 43.9 percent.

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, has seen a remarkable revolution in the past six months – a revolution that is being turned on its head with the upcoming election.

There has been a major increase in votes, a seismic change in politics in the country, with the Green Party, formed over 15 years ago, having experienced an 11 percent increase in votes, making them the largest party on the election list with 41 seats, followed by the Social Democrats on 20. The Pirate Party, which campaigns for the ideas of Internet freedom, comes in third with 16.6 percent of the vote.

In the current parliament, the Independence Party leads with 84 seats (out of 183), the Social Democrats have 67 (out of 161), Labour have 41 (out of 135), and the other political parties, 11 each, making up the majority.

The Green Party, whose vote went up from 6.1 percent in 2010, has never been represented in parliament before. In the last election, it achieved nearly 13 percent, in 2008 it received 1.5 percent. Now, only two years later, they are headed for parliament for the first time.

According to Alan Solheim, head of the UN Environment Programme, the Icelandic vote has historically been a bellwether for a nation’s judgement of the environmental movement and the growth of environmental-related legislation.

“This shows that there is a huge amount of good will in Iceland for solving environmental problems. They are well ahead of the curve on the Green Line between sanity and insanity,” he said.

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