The parliamentary elections held in Iceland on October 29th resulted in the Icelandic Pirate Party more than tripling its representatives in the Icelandic Parliament (Alþingi); growing from 5,5% and three seats in 2013 to 14,5% of the vote and ten seats in 2016.
Icelandic Pirates are overjoyed to have now secured a Pirate representative in parliament from every single one of Iceland’s six constituencies, with first-time representatives in the Northwest, Northeast and South constituencies, and an additional four representatives in the capital region constituencies of Reykjavik South, Reykjavik North and Southwest.
The Pirate Party of Iceland would like to thank the many international Pirates who visited us in Iceland in the weeks leading up to the election. We are grateful that Pirates from thirteen different countries, including Sweden, Australia, Slovenia, Germany, USA and Canada, came to help us in our campaign. Thanks for your wonderful company and thanks to the people who have sent us countless greetings and yarrrs from all over the world.
If you would like to support the Pirates, please support your local Pirate Party – we truly are a global movement.
Birgitta Jonsdottir, Reykjavik North constituency (MP, re-elected)
Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir, Reykjavik South constituency (MP, re-elected)
Jón Þór Ólafsson, Southwest constituency (former MP, re-elected)
Eva Pandora Baldursdóttir, Northwest constituency (MPA student, new candidate, new seat)
Einar Brynjólfsson, Northeast constituency (college teacher, new candidate, new seat)
Smári McCarthy, South constituency (CTO, re-running, new seat)
Björn Leví Gunnarsson, Reykjavik North constituency (Birgitta’s deputy MP, new seat)
Gunnar Hrafn Jónsson, Reykjavik South constituency (journalist, new candidate, new seat)
Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, Southwest constituency (human rights lawyer, new candidate, new seat)
Halldóra Mogensen, Reykjavik North constituency (deputy MP, new seat)
“We’re looking to make a change, not to gain power” re-iterated Smári McCarthy to the Icelandic Press October 31. 2016.
Election Results October 2016
Independence Party: 29% – 21 MPs, gaining 2 seats from 2013.
Left Green Movement: 15.9% – 10 MPs, three more than in 2013.
Pirates: 14.5% – 10 MPs, seven more than in the election 2013.
Progressive Party: 11.5% – 8 MPs, losing 11 seats at Alþingi.
Regeneration: 10.5% – 7 MPs, a new political party at Alþingi.
Bright Future: 7.2% – 4 MPs, losing two MPs from last election.
The Social Democratic Alliance: 5.7% – 3 MPs, losing six MPs from 2013’s election.