A recent survey held by Iceland’s largest newspaper, Fréttablaðið has shown us that if the parliamentary elections were held now, the Pirate Party would win the second most seats in the parliament, right behind the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn). The Pirate Party would have won about 22% of the total votes giving them 14 out of the 63 seats compared to the 19 seats that The Independence Party would have won, giving them the same amount of seats as before.
Other parties would have also had a huge change in the amount of seats they would have won. For example, The Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) would have lost a whopping thirteen seats from the original nineteen seats that they had, taking them out of a governing position. The Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) would have won eleven seats, thus making them the third biggest party, Bright future (Björt framtíð) would have won 6 seats in the parliament, the same as the election before, and The Left Green Party (Vinstri grænir) would have won 7 seats, also the same amount as the last parliamentary elections.
Iceland uses a multi-party system, much like the UK does. This results in coalition governments where there is not just a one party in control, and the results that are written above would have resulted in a coalition between The Pirate Party and The Independence Party.
Pirate parties where not often seen much before 2006, when they began to emerge into many Western European countries such as the UK and Germany. They also began to appear in the US as well.
Up until now, pirate parties have had very little success in gaining votes. In the European Union parliamentary elections, Germany’s pirate party won just one seat, whilst Sweden’s pirate party won two seats.That comes nowhere near the outstanding results for Iceland. Hopefully when the real elections take place Iceland’s results will reflect the results that this survey did.