Iceland heads into fourth election since 2008

By Ilker Girit


Iceland, an isolated Nordic island nation widely known as a calm county, is going to experience another snap election on Saturday after a shocking coalition government collapse last month.

The country’s last parliamentary poll was held in October last year — another snap election — after the then-prime minister was forced to resign over fraud allegations.

October’s election saw Bjarni Benediktsson’s conservative Independence Party make a coalition with the Reform Party and the centrist Bright Future party in January after returning 21 lawmakers to the 63-seat Althing, the island’s parliament.

However, Iceland’s 335,000 inhabitants were shaken last month by another scandal, involving the prime minister’s father, which prompted a junior member of the three-party coalition — Bright Future — to quit the government.

On Sept. 15, a story surfaced that Benediktsson’s father, Benedikt Sveinsson — a member of the Independence Party and one of the richest people in the country —

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