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MBL Prank: Most Want Davíð Oddsson on New Bill

By Iceland Review

On the occasion of April Fools’ Day, the Icelandic media were eager to play practical jokes with faux news stories. On the online version of daily Morgunblaðið, mbl.is, people could vote on who should adorn the new Icelandic 10,000 króna bank note. The poll attracted approximately 30,000 participants.


Davíð Oddsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

However, regardless of how people cast their votes, the results showed Davíð Oddsson, former prime minister, central bank governor and the newspaper’s current editor in chief, as the preferred choice.

People could choose between eight different individuals of national significance, including poet Steinn Steinarr, women rights pioneer Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Halldór Laxness, current President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

The true result of the vote was that most people wanted Vigdís to be depicted on the new 10,000 króna bank note, which will be issued next year. Morgunblaðið speculates whether the Central Bank will take the outcome into consideration.

Iceland Review Online lacked the creativity to trick its readers with a joke news story this year. However, Zoë Robert’s interesting column on the April Fools’ Day tradition may have spurred some to scrutinize the content of yesterday’s stories.

Click here to read her column and here to read more about the new bank note.


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