1979 Icelandic parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Iceland on 2 and 3 December 1979.[1] The Independence Party remained the largest party in the Lower House of the Althing, winning 14 of the 40 seats.[2]

1979 Icelandic parliamentary election
Iceland
← 1978 2 and 3 December 1979 1983 →

All 40 seats in the Lower House
and 20 seats in the Upper House of Althing
Turnout89.34%
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Upper House
Independence Geir Hallgrímsson 35.42 7 +1
Progressive Steingrímur Hermannsson 24.94 6 +2
People's Alliance Lúdvik Jósepsson 19.72 4 -1
Social Democratic Benedikt Gröndal 17.44 3 -2
Lower House
Independence Geir Hallgrímsson 35.42 14 0
Progressive Steingrímur Hermannsson 24.94 11 +3
People's Alliance Lúdvik Jósepsson 19.72 7 -2
Social Democratic Benedikt Gröndal 17.44 7 -2
Independent Voters Eggert Haukdal 1.20 1 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Ólafur Jóhannesson
Progressive
Benedikt Gröndal
Social Democratic

ResultsEdit

PartyVotes%Seats
Lower
House
+/–Upper
House
+/–
Independence Party43,83835.421407+1
Progressive Party30,86124.9411+36+2
People's Alliance24,40119.727–24–1
Social Democratic Party21,58017.447–23–2
Independent Voters in the South[a]1,4841.201+100
Independent Voters in the North East[a]8570.690New0New
Revolutionary Communist League4800.390000
The Other Party1580.130New0New
The Sunshine Party920.070New0New
Total123,751100.00400200
Valid votes123,75197.50
Invalid/blank votes3,1782.50
Total votes126,929100.00
Registered voters/turnout142,07389.34
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

By constituencyEdit

Constituency People's Alliance Social Democratic Progressive Independence Other
Eastern 31.22% 6.00% 42.94% 19.84% 0.00%
Northeastern 15.93% 13.31% 43.87% 20.52% 6.38%
Northwestern 17.24% 10.71% 43.91% 28.14% 0.00%
Reykjanes 18.29% 24.18% 17.32% 39.85% 0.36%
Reykjavík 22.27% 17.77% 14.83% 43.82% 1.30%
Southern 14.92% 14.83% 32.44% 23.46% 14.34%
Westfjords 15.03% 22.10% 30.60% 32.27% 0.00%
Western 16.04% 15.53% 37.49% 30.93% 0.00%
Source: Constituency Level Election Archive

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Breakaway from the Independence Party

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p962 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p976