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Thirty-One Granted Citizenship

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Thirty-One Granted Citizenship

Pawel Bartoszek.

Pawel Bartoszek and Speaker of Alþingi Steingrímur J. Sigfússon behind him. Photo: Screenshot from Alþingi.

Alþingi approved last night to grant thirty-one individuals Icelandic citizenship, Vísir reports. Among those voting was Pawel Bartoszek, MP for the Reform Party, who remarked, “About nineteen and a half years ago, my mother and I were granted citizenship this way,” but he is originally from Poland.

Pawel used the opportunity to thank the senior among the MPs for his vote that day. “One MP in the chamber took part in that act,” he noted and looked at Speaker of Alþingi Steingrímur J. Sigfússon. “I thank the honorable speaker for that. I’m sure he remembers well,” he jokingly remarked and, thereby, evoked laughter among the MPs. “I hope he doesn’t regret his decision too much.”

Those granted citizenship last night come from numerous countries, including Sudan, Ghana, Bolivia, Haiti, Kosovo, Ukraine, China and many more. The youngest one among them was born in 1995, the oldest in 1947.

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