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Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa

Parliamentary Elections in Iceland - Changes in the Political Landscape?

The next Icelandic parliamentary election will be held on September 25th, 2021, in which ten political parties will be represented.

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On September 27th at 12:00 - 12:30pm EST, Dr. Olafur Th. Hardarsson, Professor of Politics at the School of Social Science at the University of Iceland, will discuss the results of the elections on September 25th and answer questions from audience members participating online.


  • Opening remarks from Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Embassy of Iceland in Washington DC
  • Presentation from Dr. Olafur Th. Hardarsson and a Q&A session moderated by Ambassador Hlynur Guðjónsson, Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa
  • Closing remarks by Ambassador Hlynur Guðjónsson

Dr. Hardarsson was born in Reykjavík and the father of two daughters, Dr. Hardarson is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland and has served as Director or co-Director of the Icelandic Election Studies (ICENES) since 1983. During his academic career he has also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Iceland and as visiting professor or scholar at six universities abroad, including Harvard University, the University of Gothenburg, and the University of Essex. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Hardarson is a frequent commentator on television, radio, and in newspapers on current affairs, politics, and political science, and he recently co-authored the book, Electoral Politics in Crisis After the Great Recession: Change, Fluctuations, and Stability in Iceland (Routledge, 2021).

This virtual event is being organized by the Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa in collaboration with the Embassy of Iceland in Washington DC, the Consulate of Iceland in New York, and the Consulate of Iceland in Winnipeg.

Parties represented in September´s election include the Centre Party (Miðflokkurinn), the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn), the Left-Green Movement (Vinstri græn), the People's Party (Flokkur fólksins), the Pirate Party (Píratar), the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn), the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), the Reform Party (Viðreisn), the Socialist Party of Iceland (Sósialistaflokkur Íslands), and the Liberal Democratic Party (Frjálslyndi lýðræðisflokkur).

For more information about Iceland´s parliament, please visit: www.althingi.is/english. For information on the election and Iceland´s electoral system, please visit:

National Electoral Commission (Landskjörstjórn)

Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Íslands)

The Government of Iceland ( vef Stjórnarráðs Íslands)

Right to Vote (island.is)


The General Elections Act (Lög um kosningar til Alþingis)

Constitution to the Republic of Iceland (Stjórnarskrá Íslands)


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