Elections in Iceland

Elections in Iceland gives information on election and election results in Iceland.

Iceland elects on a national level a ceremonial head of state, the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a four-year term by the people. The parliament (Alþingi) has 63 members, elected for a four-year term by proportional representation, using the D'Hondt method with open list. Iceland has a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party typically has a chance of gaining power alone, so parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.

The most recent election was held on 27 June 2020.



According to Registers Iceland, All Icelandic nationals who have lived abroad for less than eight years are automatically registered to vote as long as they are 18 and have lived in Iceland at some point.[1] Icelandic citizens who lived abroad for more than eight years must register to vote, as long as they are a citizen, at least eighteen years old, and have had legal domicile in Iceland

Foreign nationals are not allowed to vote in presidential elections, parliamentary elections, or national referendums.[2] Danish nationals who lived in Iceland on 6 March 1946 or any point ten years before that are eligible to vote.

Foreign nationals from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland can vote in munincipal elections after they have lived in Iceland for three years before election day. Foreign nationals from other countries have to live in Iceland for five years to vote in these elections.


Position 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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(63 seats)
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(72 councils)
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Latest electionsEdit

2020 presidential electionEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Independent 150,913 92.18
Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson Independent 12,797 7.82
Invalid/blank votes 5,111
Total 168,821 100
Registered voters/turnout 252,267 66.92
Source: RÚV, [1]

2017 parliamentary electionsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Independence Party D 49,543 25.2 16 –5
Left-Green Movement V 33,155 16.9 11 +1
Social Democratic Alliance S 23,652 12.1 7 +4
Centre Party M 21,335 10.9 7 New
Progressive Party B 21,016 10.7 8 0
Pirate Party P 18,051 9.2 6 –4
People's Party F 13,502 6.9 4 +4
Reform Party C 13,122 6.7 4 –3
Bright Future A 2,394 1.2 0 –4
People's Front of Iceland R 375 0.2 0 0
Dawn T 101 0.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 5,531
Total 201,777 100 63 0
Registered voters/turnout 248,502 81.2
Source: Morgunblaðið (Icelandic) Iceland Monitor (English)

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