1923 Icelandic parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Iceland on 27 October 1923.[1] Voters elected all 28 seats in the Lower House of the Althing and eight of the fourteen seats in Upper House.[2] The Citizens' Party, a loose collection of conservatives,[3] emerged as the largest party in the Lower House, winning 16 of the 28 seats.

1923 Icelandic parliamentary election
Kingdom of Iceland
← 1922 27 October 1923 1926 →

All 28 seats in the Lower House
and 8 of 14 seats in the Upper House of Althing
15 and 8 seats needed for a majority
Turnout70.90% (Increase25.52pp)
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Upper House[a]
Citizens' Jón Magnússon 53.59 7 New
Progressive Þorleifur Jónsson 26.55 5 +1
Independence Einar Arnórsson 2 -2
Lower House
Citizens' Jón Magnússon 53.59 16 New
Progressive Þorleifur Jónsson 26.55 10 +3
Social Democratic Jón Baldvinsson 16.18 1 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Jón Magnússon Sigurður Eggerz
Sigurður Eggerz
Jón Magnússon

Electoral systemEdit

This was the first election held following changes made to the electoral system in 1920, in which two extra seats were allocated to Reykjavík. Whilst all seats had previously been elected in one or two-member constituencies, the four-member constituency for Reykjavík was now elected by proportional representation using the D'Hondt method.[2]

The changes also equalised the age limits for voting between men (25) and women and servants (previously 40) at 25.[2]


Citizens' Party16,27253.5916New7New
Progressive Party8,06226.5510+35+1
Social Democratic Party4,912.516.181+100
Independence Party2–2
Valid votes30,36297.48
Invalid/blank votes7842.52
Total votes31,146100.00
Registered voters/turnout43,93270.90
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ a b Includes the three seats elected in 1922


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p961 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p954
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p965