Reykjavík City Council

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Reykjavík, composed of representatives elected by the inhabitants of the city. The council Municipality is responsible for enforcing the issues which that the State has delegated to local authorities.

Reykjavík City Council

Borgarstjórn Reykjavíkur
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Dagur B. Eggertsson (S)
since 16 June 2014
Deputy Mayor
Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir (C)
since 12 June 2018
Council President
Alexandra Briem (Pirate Party)
since 14 May 2021
Structure
Seats23
Political groups
Government (13)
  Social Democratic Alliance (5)
  Progressive Party (4)
  Pirate Party (3)
  Reform Party (1)

Opposition (10)

  Independence Party (6)
  Socialist Party (2)
  People's Party (1)
  Left-Green Movement (1)
Elections
Last election
14 May 2022
Next election
2026
Meeting place
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Reykjavík City Hall
Tjarnargata 11, Reykjavík
Website
www.reykjavik.is

City Council appoints a mayor and appoints committees under its authority responsible for the daily operations of the city. There are fifteen members of the council and elections are held during the Icelandic Municipal elections every four years. Meetings of the City Council take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month.[1]

AuthorityEdit

According to Article 8 of Icelandic municipal laws, the Reykjavík Council is in charge of legislation regarding city affairs and the financial budget for implementation of projects. The council appoints a mayor who serves as the chief executive of the Reykjavik city council.

Election result 2022Edit

The 2022 council elections were held on Saturday May 14th. The results meant that the previous ruling coalition (S+C+P+V) lost it's majority. The Progressive Party had the largest increase in votes, going from 0 to 4 council seats. Unofficial talks about forming new coalitions started on Monday May 16th and the negotiations are expected to last up to a few weeks.[2]

Party Symbol Votes % Seats +/− Council
Independence Party D   14,686   24.5   6 –2
Social Democratic Alliance S   12,164   20.3   5 –2
Progressive Party B   11,227  18.7   4 +4
Pirate Party P   6,970  11.6   3 +1
Icelandic Socialist Party J   4,618  7.7   2 +1
Reform Party C   3,111   5.2   1 –1
People's Party F   2,701   4.5   1 0
Left-Green Movement V   2,396   4.0   1 0
Centre Party M   1,467   2.4   0 –1
others   1,885   3.1   0 Outside

Election result 2018Edit

Party Symbol Votes % Seats Council
Independence Party D   18,146   30.8   8 Opposition
Social Democratic Alliance S   15,260   25.9   7 Coalition
Reform Party C   4,812   8.2   2 Coalition
Pirate Party P   4,556   7.7   2 Coalition
Icelandic Socialist Party J   3,758   6.4   1 Opposition
Centre Party M   3,615   6.1   1 Opposition
Left-Green Movement V   2,700   4.6   1 Coalition
People's Party F   2,509   4.3   1 Opposition
Progressive Party B   1,870   3.2   0 extra-parliamentary
others   1,740   2.8   0 Outside
Elected Council Representatives 2018–2022
Rank Party Name Role
1. D Eyþór Arnalds Opposition
2. S Dagur B. Eggertsson Mayor
3. D Hildur Björnsdóttir Opposition
4. S Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir Coalition
5. D Valgerður Sigurðardóttir Opposition
6. S Skúli Helgason Coalition
7. C Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir Coalition
8. P Dóra Björt Guðjónsdóttir [is] Coalition
9. D Egill Þór Jónsson Opposition
10. S Kristín Soffía Jónsdóttir Coalition
11. J Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir Opposition
12. D Marta Guðjónsdóttir Opposition
13. M Vigdís Hauksdóttir Opposition
14. S Hjálmar Sveinsson Coalition
15. D Katrín Atladóttir Opposition
16. V Líf Magneudóttir Coalition
17. D Örn Þórðarson Opposition
18. S Sabine Leskopf Coalition
19. F Kolbrún Baldursdóttir Opposition
20. C Pawel Bortoszek Coalition
21. P Sigurborg Ósk Haraldsdóttir Coalition
22. D Björn Gíslason Opposition
23. S Guðrún Ögmundsdóttir Coalition

Former majoritiesEdit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1930–1934 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party Progressive Party
1934–1938 Communist Party Progressive Party
1938–1942 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party og Communist Party
1942–1946 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party Socialist Party
1946–1950 Social Democratic Party Progressive Party
1950–1954 Social Democratic Party Progressive Party
1954–1958 Socialist Party Progressive Party National Preservation Party
1958–1962 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party
1962–1966 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party People's Alliance Progressive Party
1966–1970 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party
1970–1974 Social Democratic Party People's Alliance Progressive Party
1974–1978 Independence Party

Majority

Social Democratic Party People's Alliance Progressive Party
1978–1982 Independence Party Social Democratic Party

Majority

People's Alliance

Majority

Progressive Party

Majority

1986–1990 Independence Party

Majority

People's Alliance Social Democratic Party Progressive Party Women's List
1990–1994 Independence Party

Majority

People's Alliance Social Democratic Party
1994–1998 Independence Party Reykjavík's List

Majority

1998–2002
2002–2006 Independence Party Liberal Party
2006–2010 Independence Party

Majority 11. June 2006 – 16. October 2007
Majority 24. January 2008 – 21. August 2008
Majority 21. August 2008 – 29. maí 2010

Liberal Party

Majority 16. October 2006 – 24. January 2008
Majority 24. January 2008 – 21. August 2008

Social Democratic Alliance

Majority 16. October 2006 – 24. January 2008

Left-Green Movement

Majority 16. October 2006 – 24. January 2008

Progressive Party

Majority 11. June 2006 – 16. October 2007
Majority 16. October 2006 – 24. January 2008
Majority 21. August 2008 – 29. maí 2010

2010–2014 Independence Party Social Democratic Alliance

Majority

Best Party

Majority

Left-Green Movement
2014–2018 Independence Party Social Democratic Alliance

Majority

Bright Future

Majority

Pirate Party

Majority

Left-Green Movement

Majority

Progressive Party
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Current majoritiesEdit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
2018–2022 Independence Party Social Democratic Alliance

Majority

Reform Party

Majority

Pirate Party

Majority

Left-Green Movement

Majority

Icelandic Socialist Party Centre Party People's Party
2022- Independence Party Social Democratic Alliance

Majority

Progressive Party

Majority

Reform Party

Majority

Pirate Party

Majority

Left-Green Movement
Icelandic Socialist Party People's Party

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Icelandic comedian to become Reykjavík's mayor Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2010
  2. ^ "From Iceland — Reykjavík Elections: Big Changes, Uncertain Future". The Reykjavik Grapevine. 16 May 2022. Retrieved 17 May 2022.