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New Program Profiles Muslims in Iceland

The first episode of a new two-part documentary program Stöð 2 television channel profiling members of Iceland’s Muslim community was broadcast on Monday night.

Lóa Pind Aldísardóttir decided to make the program, Múslimarnir okkar (‘Our Muslims’), following the debate surrounding Muslims and the building of a mosque around the time of the municipal election in Reykjavík in 2014.

In the program, she follows four Muslim families during a regular day in their lives. In the first part, viewers are introduced to a couple originating from Pakistan and their five children who live together in an apartment in Reykjavík. Their oldest child has moved out of home and is married to an Icelander who has converted to Islam.

The first episode also features a young woman who sought refuge in Iceland when she was 16 years old. She is an entrepreneur and runs a startup in Reykjanesbær. She is married to an Icelander who is Christian.

The second part of the program will be aired next week.

The building of Iceland’s first mosque has been under discussion over the past year or so, in particular ever since the leader of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, said she wanted to withdraw the allocation of the plot of land to the Muslim Association of Iceland and that the issue should be voted on in a public referendum.

Sveinbjörg made the comments in the lead-up to the municipal elections, leading to a soar in support for the party. In response to the comments, several members of the Progressive Party either quit the party or spoke out against Sveinbjörg’s comments.

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