Politics

Iceland goes to polls as elections begin

15:48, 25 September 2021
Iceland goes to polls as elections begin Photo: Nadir Muratov/Russian Look/Global Look Press

These elections in Iceland are marked by a growing uncertainty as there is a record number of 9 parties who have equal chances and are likely to enter the parliament.


Following the world financial crisis in 2008 Iceland has suffered from political scandals and politicians were unable to find a common ground, however following the election of the ruling left-right coalition in 2017 the country has had a stable period.

Since 2017 the country is led by Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdóttir who leads the coalition which includes the left wing party Left-Greens, the pro-business Independence Party as well as the center-right Progressive party.

Despite the coalition bringing good results the support for the parties involved in it is decreasing.

Pro-green economy parties usually receive a lot of support in Iceland and the climate change issue is viewed very seriously there. 

The country has already said that it aims to achieve complete carbon neutrality by the year 2040.

Another major issue in the political arena is healthcare with support for the left’s ideas in the domain leading among voters. 

The results of the polls are expected to be known as soon as Sunday morning.