Iceland held country-wide municipal elections last Saturday, May 28. The final election results came in late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, showing significant changes in Reykjavík as well as other municipalities around the country.
Reykjavík is Iceland’s most populous municipality and its capital. Voter turnout in the city was just over 67% and the results were as follows: 30.77% for the Independence Party, 25.88% for the Social Democratic Alliance, 8.16% for the Reform Party, 7.73% for the Pirate Party, 6.37% for the Socialist Party, 6.13% for the Centre Party, 4.58% for the Left-Green Movement, and 4.25% for the People’s Party. The Progressive Party, which held 2 seats prior to the election, lost both in this election. Bright Future, who also held two seats in the previous council, decided not to run this election. Other parties running did not receive enough votes to earn a seat on the council.
The 23 Reykjavík City Council seats will be distributed as follows:
Independence Party: 8 seats
Social Democratic Alliance: 7 seats
Pirate Party: 2 seats
Reform Party: 2 seats
People’s Party: 1 seat
Centre Party: 1 seat
Left-Green Movement: 1 seat
Socialist Party: 1 seat
This distribution means the parties which previously formed a majority governing coalition in Reykjavík – the Social Democratic Alliance, Green Party, Pirate Party, and Bright Future (who did not run in this election) – can no longer form a government. It remains to be seen whether the Independence Party, which won the largest share of the votes, will be able to form a coalition. Informal talks between parties have begun.
As is common in Iceland’s municipal elections, many new parties were formed around the country, some of which did well in the elections. The proportional voting system means it is rare for parties to win a clear majority and the must usually form a coalition with other parties. Although the Independence Party gained support in the capital, it saw notable losses in many municipalities around the country.
See election results for each municipality on RÚV’s municipal elections page.