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Pirates Iceland’s Third-Largest Political Party

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Pirates Iceland’s Third-Largest Political Party

EU referendum protest outside Iceland's parliament

A demonstration outside the parliament. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Pirate Party, which was the smallest in parliament after the 2013 election, has grown to become the third-largest political party in Iceland, according to the latest Capacent Gallup poll. More than 15 percent of respondents now support the party.

This is a surge in support for the Pirates, up from 5 percent in the election and 11 percent from Gallup’s survey in January, ruv.is reports.

The Independence Party of Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson remains the country’s largest with 26 percent (down from 27 percent in the 2013 election), followed by the opposition’s Social Democratic Alliance with 17 percent (up from 13 percent).

Fourth is Bright Future with 13 percent (up from 8 percent), while the Left-Green Movement shares fifth place with Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s Progressive Party with each party being supported by 11 percent of respondents (the Left-Greens received 11 percent of votes in the 2013 election but the Progressive Party 24 percent).

Support for the government remains stable at 37 percent.

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