List of political parties in Iceland

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This article is a list of political parties in Iceland. Iceland has a multi-party system with many political parties, in which often no one party has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.

Political parties


Parties in the parliamentary elections of 27 April 2013

The law automatically grants the right for the parties having participated in the previous election to continue using the same list letter. The Ministry of Interior announced, that in order for any party to participate in the 2013 election, an application for a specific list letter should be submitted no later than 9 April, while new parties were also required to deliver minimum 300 electorate signatories expressing support for their participation, within each constituency it intended to run. The final approval was conditional, that the party in each constituency also submitted a valid candidate list comprising twice as many candidates compared to the total number of seats in the constituency, at the latest on 12 April. An official list of 15 approved parties (incl. all their specific candidate lists), was published by the National Election Committee (Icelandic: Landskjörstjórn) on 16 April.[1] In total 72 candidate lists were approved, as 11 parties had chosen to run in all six constituencies, while two parties (Humanist Party and People's Front of Iceland) chose only to run in two constituencies, and the final two parties (Rural Party and Sturla Jónsson) were only present in one constituency.[2] The table below is a summarized list of all parties which the National Electoral Commission has approved for participation in the 2013 elections.

English name[3] Icelandic name[1] List[1] Website[4]
Bright Future Björt framtíð A
Progressive Party Framsóknarflokkur B
Reform Party Viðreisn C [5]
Independence Party Sjálfstæðisflokkur D
Right-Green Movement Hægri Grænir G
Humanist Party
(related to International Humanist Party)
Húmanistaflokkurinn H
Rural Party
(New party founded 23 February 2013)[6][7]
Landsbyggðarflokkurinn M[8]
Pirate Party Pírataflokkurinn Þ [9]
People's Front of Iceland Alþýðufylkingin R
Social Democratic Alliance Samfylkingin — jafnaðarmannaflokkur Íslands S
Dawn Dögun T
Left-Green Movement Vinstrihreyfingin — grænt framboð V

With parliamentary representation from October 2016

Seven parties were elected at the October 2016 election. The box below shows the distribution of seats in the incumbent parliament.[10]

Name List Ideology Spectrum Leader MPs
Social Democratic Alliance
S Social democracy, Pro-Europeanism, Feminism Centre-left Oddný G. Harðardóttir 3
Independence Party
D Capitalism, Liberal conservatism, Classical liberalism, Euroscepticism Centre-right Bjarni Benediktsson 21
Left-Green Movement
Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð
V Democratic socialism, Eco-socialism, Euroscepticism, Feminism Left-Wing Katrín Jakobsdóttir 10
Progressive Party
B Liberalism, Nordic agrarianism, Euroscepticism Centre-right Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson 8
Bright Future
Björt framtíð
A Social liberalism, Green liberalism, Pro-Europeanism Centre to Centre-left Óttarr Proppé 4
Pirate Party
P Pirate politics N/A Birgitta Jónsdóttir 10
Reform Party


C Pro-Europeanism, Green Politics, Centrism Centre to Centre-right Benedikt Jóhannesson 7

Active parties, without representation in the Althing

English name[3] Icelandic name[4] List[4] Website[4]
Icelandic National Front Íslenska þjóðfylkingin
Solidarity Samstaða
Liberal Democrats
(It will most likely not run in the election)
Christian Political Movement [11] Kristin stjórnmálasamtök

Defunct Parties

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Announcements: Notice of lists that will participate in the parliamentary election on 27 April 2013" (in Icelandic). Landskjörstjórn (The National Electoral Commission). 16 April 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. "Announcement by the National Electoral Commission about available political parties in the parliamentary elections 27 April 2013" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Landskjörstjórn (The National Electoral Commission). 16 April 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. 1 2 The Reykjavík Grapevine's Election Guide 2013 (scanned version) (Html version)
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Website publishing candidate lists and election news for the parties participating in the 2013 parliamentary election".
  5. "Viðreisn". Viðreisn. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  6. "Will establish a Rural Party" (in Icelandic). 20 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  7. "Rural Party founded today" (in Icelandic). 23 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  9. "Forsíða - Píratar". Píratar (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  10. "Icelandic parliamentary election - 2016". Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  11. "The Christian's Political Party has been founded" (in Icelandic). Christian Political Movement (blog). 9 March 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
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