Nearly 17% Support Centre Party According to New Survey

The Centre Party is polling at 16.8%, according to a recent survey conducted by MMR (Market and Media Research). Support for the Centre Party has risen by almost three percentage points since the last survey, which was conducted in October. The Independence Party is polling at 18.1%, a decline of almost three percentage points.

Support for the Social Democrats is at 13.2%, down by approximately two percentage points. Support for the Pirate Party, on the other hand, is up by almost two percentage points, or 10.8%.

The government – a coalition of the Independence, Left-Green, and Progressive parties – enjoys 41.5% support. It previously enjoyed 42.2% support. 

1,061 individuals over the age of 18 participated in the survey. The survey was conducted between November 15 and November 21. The results of the survey are listed below:

Independence Party: 18.1% (compared to 21.1% in last poll)
Centre Party: 16.8% (13.5% in last poll)
Social Democrats: 13.2% (15.3% in last poll)
Pirate Party: 10.8% (8.9% in last poll)
Left-Greens: 10.6% (9.7% in last poll)
Reform Party: 9.7% (10.0% in last poll)
Progressive Party: 9.4% (10% in last poll)
People’s Party: 6.3% (8.0% in last poll)
Icelandic Socialist Party: 3.0% (2.6% in last poll)
Other parties: 2.2% total

Inhabitants of Iceland to Reach 434,000 in 2068

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Statistics Iceland has published population projections for 2019-2068. The forecast is predicated on statistical models for migration, fertility, and mortality. On January 1, 2019, the population was 357,000.

According to the median variant, the Icelandic population is expected to grow by 77,000 over the next 50 years (reaching 434,000). The high variant predicts a population of 506,000 while the low variant predicts a population of 366,000. These projections are based on varying assumptions on economic growth, fertility, and migration levels.

The median variant also predicts that from 2055, the number of yearly deaths is expected to exceed the number of births. Life expectancy at birth will increase from 84.0 years in 2019 to 88.7 years in 2068 for women, and from 79.9 to 84.4 years for men.

By 2035, 20% of the population will be older than 65 years. By 2055, that number will rise to 25%. After 2046, inhabitants of Iceland over 65 years old will become more numerous than those inhabitants under the age of 20.

The Icelandic population is, on average, younger than other EU countries:

“Although the population is aging and the population growth is rather slow, the Icelandic population is and will be younger than the population in the EU countries on average. For instance, the percentage of 0 to 15-year olds in Iceland will decrease to 16% in 2044, which is the 2018 proportion of young people in EU-28. Older persons (aged 65 or over) had already a 20% share of EU-28 population in 2018, while in Iceland this proportion will reach 20% in 2035.”

Anti-Corruption Protest on Austurvöllur Square Tomorrow

In the wake of the Samherji scandal, the Constitutional Society; Efling Trade-Union; the Icelandic Disability Alliance; the Women’s Association for a New Constitution; Gagnsæi, the Anti-Corruption Association; along with private citizens and guilds will be holding an anti-corruption protest on Austurvöllur square tomorrow. The protest will begin at 14:00.

Approximately 1,200 people have expressed interest in the protest on its Facebook page. Over 700 people intend on attending. The text on the page reads as follows:

“Citizens must take matters into their own hands! It’s up to us to decide whether we live in a democracy or a plutocracy.

Namibian citizens are robbed by a major Icelandic fishing company. Icelandic citizens are robbed by a major Icelandic fishing company, which has no qualms about bribery.

This theft occurs under the aegis of a dated Constitution, under an economy that places too much power in the hands of the wealthy, and under a political class that is too submissive to small and powerful fishing companies.”

Organisers demand that that Minister of Fisheries, Kristján Þór Júlíusson, resign; that Parliament legally adopt a new constitution, which was approved by referendum in 2012 (wherein natural resources are declared “national property”;  and that the profits from natural resources be pooled into a public fund dedicated to societal development and to ensure a decent standard of living for all.”

Katrín Oddsdóttir will preside over the protest. Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir (Chair of Efling Trade-Union), journalist Atli Þór Fanndal, and lawyer Þórður Már Jónsson will also be speaking. The band Hatari is slated to perform.

Journalists Strike for Twelve Hours Today

Having failed to reach an agreement with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA), members of the Union of Icelandic Journalists (BÍ) will go on a twelve-hour strike at 10:00 AM today, RÚV reports. The strike extends to reporters, photographers, and videographers for online media at Fréttablaðið, Morgunblaðið, RÚV, and Vísir. Print journalists will not go on strike.

This is the third strike that BÍ organises. If no agreement is reached next week, union members, including print journalists for Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið, will go on strike on Thursday, November 28 – the day before Black Friday. As myriad advertisements are run in newspapers on Black Friday, the day has become one of the biggest days for print media in Iceland.

Hjálmar Jónsson, Chairman of the Union of Icelandic Journalists, stated that it was a great disappointment and “incomprehensible” that no agreement had been reached yesterday: they had been so close. Further, and more extensive, strikes will be organised in December. This is the first time in 40 years that members of the Union of Icelandic Journalists have gone on strike. The union has scheduled at a meeting for members at noon today.