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Icelandic Pirate Party voted into parliament - Get 3 MP's

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of parliament for the Pirate Party Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of parliament for the Pirate Party

General elections were held in Iceland yesterday. Six parties were voted into parliament, among them was the Icelandic Pirate Party. The party is a member of the international Pirate Party movement that was founded in Sweden in 2006. The movement now operates in over 60 countries.

pirate party icelandParties in other countries, such as the Pirate Party of Austria (founded in July 2006) and the Pirate Party Germany (September 2006), were inspired by the Swedish example. In October 2006, Pirate Parties International was founded as an umbrella organization. In the European Parliament election of 2009 the Swedish Pirate Party received 7.1 percent of the votes, winning two seats and achieving the first major success of a Pirate Party in an election. The German Pirate Party managed to win 8.9 percent of the votes in the Berlin state election, 2011. The Czech Pirate Party won the international race to get a pirate politician to national parliament when a joint pirate candidate, Libor Michálek, was elected in the 2012 senate election.

The Icelandic Pirate Party is among the first pirate parties in the world to get elected into parliament. The party got 3 MP's elected. The party barely made it into parliament, they only passed the 5% election threshold by 198 votes. Securing them the three MP's. The party got 5.1% of the votes.

The Pirate Party members who got elected and will take their seat at the Icelandic parliament are:

  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir, WikiLeaks volunteer and former MP from 2009 - 2013
  • Jón Þór Ólafsson, business administration student at the University of Iceland
  • Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, programmer

 

Last modified on Sunday, 28 April 2013 14:20

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