Icelandic Pirate Party lands three seats in Icelandic parliament

The Icelandic Pirate Party has won three seats in its national Parliament in the Pirates' best-ever showing on the world stage. They form a small part of the opposition to the "center-right" Independence Party (Americans, please note that the Independence Party would be considered socialists by present US mainstream political standards). One of the new Pirate parliamentarians is Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP who volunteered for, and campaigned for Wikileaks. The Icelandic Pirate Party is only five nine months old!

The three new Icelandic lawmakers include Jón Þór Ólafsson, a business administration student at the University of Iceland; Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, a computer programmer; and Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a well-known WikiLeaks volunteer and former member of parliament from 2009 to 2013.

Birgitta is also one of three activists involved in a WikiLeaks investigation currently underway in the United States. In November 2011, a district court judge found that prosecutors could compel Twitter to give up specific information on the three accounts, including IP addresses, direct messages, and other data. In January 2013, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled (PDF) that Birgitta and the two others have no right to find out which other companies the government sought information from besides Twitter.

The trio, along with other members of Iceland’s digerati (including Smári McCarthy, who also is one of the organizers of the International Modern Media Initiative), founded the party just five months ago.

Pirate Party wins 3 seats in Icelandic parliament for its best result worldwide [Cyrus Farivar/Ars Technica]


  1. A small bit of good news in a giant moment of WTF. Icelandic voters- you vote back in the people who were in charge during the banking bubble and subsequent economic meltdown why? Because the opposition didn’t manage to fix entirely everything during their one term in power? Sheesh.

    1. No, the left lost because of the Icesave issue. And the right hardly won, they added around 3 to 4 percentage points from last election, totaling to their second worst outcome of all time. The winners were the Progressives (a centric if a slightly populist farmers party) and they won mostly because of the Icesave issue.

      1. Part of the reason for the fall of the left wing is a lot of fragmentation of the leftist/centrist parties which made a lot of votes fall dead on the 5% rule.  

        Said Progressive Party bubble type economics was one of the leading factors for the crash. Both parties are regularly found guilty of crony-ism but the progressive party actually changed it leadership and seemed to accept its role in what had happened. The right wing party ONOH hasn’t and got a historically bad percentage of the vote. 

        No matter how you look at it though, the left wing was blamed for the last 4 years which is unfair for the most part and Icelanders are gold fish which shouldn’t have seceded from Denmark. I’m Icelandic. 

  2. I was thinking of voting the Pirate Party but when I found out that it was made up of False Flag thruthers, anti feminists and homeopathic advocators I quickly changed my mind.

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