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Power To the People

Words by
Jóhann Páll Ástvaldsson

Photography by
Golli

The Reykjavík City Hall welcomes a fresh newcomer this term in Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir. A majority of the newly appointed city council is comprised of women, none garnering more attention than newcomer Sanna. Sanna is in many ways in stark contrast with the typical city council member. She’s experienced a life of poverty, she’s young, she’s a person of colour, she’s an anthropologist, and last but not least… she’s a socialist. A founding member of Sósialistaflokkurinn (The Socialist Party), she has spearheaded the party’s foray into politics which culminated with 6.4% of the votes for the city council in Reykjavík. Born in 1992, Sanna broke a 44-year record by becoming the youngest city council member ever in Reykjavík. The person whose record she beat was Davíð Oddsson, a former prime minister and mayor of Reykjavík. I met Sanna in downtown Reykjavík, her new battling ground, and it’s safe to say Sanna proves a stark contrast to Davíð.
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The Reykjavík City Hall welcomes a fresh newcomer this term in Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir. A majority of the newly appointed city council is comprised of women, none garnering more attention than newcomer Sanna. Sanna is in many ways in stark contrast with the typical city council member. She’s experienced a life of poverty, she’s young, she’s a person of colour, she’s an anthropologist, and last but not least… she’s a socialist. A founding member of Sósialistaflokkurinn (The Socialist Party), she has spearheaded the party’s foray into politics which culminated with 6.4% of the votes for the city council in Reykjavík. Born in 1992, Sanna broke a 44-year record by becoming the youngest city council member ever in Reykjavík. The person whose record she beat was Davíð Oddsson, a former prime minister and mayor of Reykjavík. I met Sanna in downtown Reykjavík, her new battling ground, and it’s safe to say Sanna proves a stark contrast to Davíð.
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