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Damon Albarn Interested in Icelandic Citizenship

British musician Damon Albarn is interested in obtaining Icelandic citizenship, RÚV reports. The former Blur and current Gorillaz frontman visited Alþingi on Wednesday, where he met Independence Party MP Páll Magnússon to discuss the process for applying for citizenship, particularly citizenship granted “by legislation,” or parliamentary approval.

Icelandic law gives Alþingi the power to grant citizenship directly in certain circumstances, thus circumventing the necessity of obtaining approval via the Directorate of Immigration. Damon’s visit to parliament was apparently arranged for him by some Icelandic friends so that he could learn more about this process.

Páll told reporters that Damon is now interested in obtaining Icelandic citizenship but said the musician had had a foothold in the country for 25 years, not least because he owns real estate in the Reykjavík suburb of Grafavogur. Damon has been staying in Iceland of late while rehearsals are underway for a musical work he’s recently composed that will be staged in Harpa music hall this summer. The work was apparently inspired by Iceland, particularly the views around Damon’s house.

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