Communities outside the capital region are what a new party-in-the-making, Landsbyggðarflokkurinn (‘The Rural Party’), wants to focus on.
The village of Bakkafjörður, the furthest you can go from Reykjavík. Population 62. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
On its brand-new website, landsbyggdin.is, the party advertises for energetic staff, who want to work for the 100,000 people living outside Iceland’s capital area.
“Now it’s time to stand together and work together so that our voices can be heard at Alþingi [the parliament],” the website reads. Even people without access to the internet can and should for the party, they say.
Here are some of Landsbyggðarflokkurinn’s goals:
- The party loves the countryside and will work towards making it blossom for the whole nation.
- The party cares about the capital, but thinks it is prioritized above the countryside.
- The party wants new homes for the elderly in every town and village, so that senior citizens can stay in their home regions and not move to Reykjavík.
- The party wants to move the headquarters of national broadcaster RÚV away from Reykjavík.
- The party wants to promote Icelandic history and culture. We should not be ashamed who we are, they say, and send the band Simbi og hrútspungarnir (‘Simbi and the ram balls’) to compete for Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest.