Pirate Party Set to Capitalize On Anti-Establishment Sentiment in Iceland’s Elections

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, founder of Iceland's Pirate Party, Oct. 26, 2013 (photo by flickr user Flo, CC BY-NC 2.0).
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, founder of Iceland's Pirate Party, Oct. 26, 2013 (photo by flickr user Flo, CC BY-NC 2.0).

Recent polls ahead of Iceland’s parliamentary election on Oct. 29 show the anti-establishment Pirate Party polling consistently around 20 percent, likely putting it in a position to form Iceland’s next government. In an email interview, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, a professor at the University of Iceland, discusses Iceland’s politics. WPR: To what extent has Iceland recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, what economic issues are still facing the country, and to what degree is the crisis and its aftermath still a political issue in the current election campaign? Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson: On Oct. 29 Icelandic voters will go to the polls […]

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