Reform Party (Iceland)

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The Reform Party[6] (Icelandic: Viðreisn) is a liberal and economically liberal centre-right political party in Iceland[1][7] that was founded on 24 May 2016 but had existed as a political network since June 2014. It split from the Independence Party, mainly over discontent with its decision not to hold a referendum on joining the European Union and lack of support for free-trade.

Reform Party
ChairpersonÞorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Vice-chairpersonDaði Már Kristófersson
FounderBenedikt Jóhannesson
Founded24 May 2016
Split fromIndependence Party
Youth wingUppreisn
Political positionCentre-right[3][4][5]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Nordic affiliationCentre Group
Seats in Parliament
5 / 63
Election symbol

The party supports Icelandic EU membership, and reform of farming subsidies and protective excise taxes on foreign produce. It wants public policy to focus on the general interest of society and reduce influence from special interests. Viðreisn is in favor of a publicly-financed welfare state.[8] It supports pegging the króna to another currency, such as the euro, through a currency board as a plan to lower interest rates.[9] Its healthcare policy aims at reducing the patient's share of healthcare costs.[10]

Viðreisn has been assigned the list letter C.[11] It participated in the 2016 elections to the Althing (Icelandic parliament) and won seven seats.[12]

Electoral resultsEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2016 19,870 10.5
7 / 63
  7   5th Coalition
2017 13,122 6.7
4 / 63
  3   8th Opposition
2021 16,628 8.3
5 / 63
  1   7th Opposition

Party chairmanEdit

Chairperson Period
Benedikt Jóhannesson 2016–2017
Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir 2017–


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Iceland". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ a b The Baltic Sea Region: A Comprehensive Guide: History, Politics, Culture and Economy of a European Role Model. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. 15 September 2017. p. 337. ISBN 978-3-8305-1748-1.
  3. ^ a b Jelena Ćirić (27 October 2017). "Icelandic Parliamentary Election 2017: Party Overview". Iceland Review. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Iceland's Pirate party invited to form government". 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Iceland holds second snap election in a year of scandals". 28 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Viðreisn". Viðreisn. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  7. ^ Viðreisn undirbýr framboð - MBL
  8. ^ "Our Core Manifesto". Viðreisn official website. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  9. ^ Paul Fontaine (October 10, 2016). "Where Do They Want To Take Us? The Platforms Explained". The Reykjavik Grapevine.
  10. ^ Viðreisn - Heilbrigðis- og velferðarmál
  11. ^ Hólmfríður Gísladóttir, E, F, N, O, P, U, X, Y, Æ og Ö, Morgunblaðið (June 7, 2016).
  12. ^ Helgadóttir, Oddný (October 30, 2016). "No, the Pirates didn't win Iceland's elections. Here's what happened instead". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-08.

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