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“Not a Job, a Lifestyle” – Jón Gnarr Runs for President

By Ragnar Tómas

Former mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr runs for president
Photo: Screenshot from Jón Gnarr’s announcement video.

Jón Gnarr, former Reykjavík mayor and comedian, has announced his candidacy for the Icelandic presidency. He promises to maintain a positive relationship with the government, aiming to improve Iceland’s well-being and international reputation, with enough endorsements already secured to officially run for president.

Not a job, a lifestyle

Former mayor of Reykjavík and comedian Jón Gnarr announced his candidacy for the presidency of Iceland in a video on social media last night. In the video, Jón noted that since the New Year – when President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced that he would be stepping down – he had been encouraged to run by “many people.” The same had been true in 2016, although he had not considered it timely back then.

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Jón characterised the presidency as “not a typical job but a lifestyle.” A president needs to understand the Icelandic national psyche and be able to unite the nation. “Being president is not a regular job but rather a lifestyle that dominates every moment and every day throughout the year. I am quite familiar with this after having been the mayor of Reykjavik during a difficult time in the city’s history.”

Promises a good relationship with the government

Jón also noted that peace and human rights have served as something of a calling in his life. “As mayor, I supported and drew attention to human rights and peace efforts and intend to continue doing so if I am elected president.”

Jón added that he had great respect for Iceland’s parliament and plans to have a good relationship with the government at any given time. “My heart will always be with the people of the country, and my actions will show that.”

As president, he intends to work on the well-being of Iceland and strive to enhance the country’s reputation and respect. “I will be the representative of the nation domestically and its ambassador abroad.”

As noted by RÚV, Heiða Kristín Helgadóttir, who is part of Jón’s campaign team, confirmed that Jón had gathered enough endorsements to run for president. The collection of endorsements began at 8 PM last night when Jón announced his candidacy. About one and a half hours later, he had collected the minimum number of endorsements in each of the country’s voting quarters.

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