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President of Iceland Donates Salary Increase to Charity

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President of Iceland Donates Salary Increase to Charity

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

Photo: The president's office/Facebook

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the president of Iceland, has donated 4 million ISK (37,600 $, 28,000 £) of his wages to charities since receiving a wage increase, RÚV reports. Kjararáð had previously given hefty wage increases to some of the highest ranked public officials in the nation. Kjararáð is the official wage committee of the nation, as it dictates the wages of public officials.

The decision, which was declared in November 2016, to increase the wages of these officials was heavily criticized at the time. The President had his monthly salary increased by 500,000 ISK, which amounts to 4700$, or 3500£. The wage increase amounts to 300,000 ISK (2800$, 2100£) once all taxes have been paid, which Guðni has donated monthly to charity causes.

Guðni commented on the wage increase in a press conference which took place on November 2nd, last year. "I did not ask for this wage increase and did not know about it. I do not need this wage increase." He went on further: "If the Parliament decides to reverse the decision, in any way, I emphasize that I would be completely content with the decision. Until then I will see to it that this increase will not fill my pockets".

Members of parliament received an increase of 390,000 ISK (3700$, 2800£) per month, while the monthly salary of ministers increased by 570,000 ISK (5300$, 4000£), with the Prime Minister receiving a 630,000 ISK (5900$, 4400£) increase to his monthly wage packet.

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