Reykjavík Mayor Keeps Promise—Wears Leather Pants to Work Skip to content

Reykjavík Mayor Keeps Promise—Wears Leather Pants to Work

Minutes after Swedish Måns Zelmerlöv’s leather pant-clad performance at Eurovision last Saturday, Dagur B. Eggertsson, mayor of Reykjavík, tweeted “If Sweden wins, I’ll wear leather pants to work #12points”

After Sweden’s unqualified victory, the mayor followed up on his previous tweet, adding “Looking for leather pants size 33/33 or 50. For use on Tuesday. #12points #sharingeconomy #apromiseisapromise”

Several people stepped forward to offer Dagur assistance in his search.

Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance, posted a Facebook status on Sunday congratulating Sweden on the win, and adding: “Used my weekend to clean and reorganize. The storage room tends to fill up. Out of one of the boxes came these excellent “lederhosen” that I have had for the past 40 years. It occurred to me that someone might want to borrow them…”

Guitar-playing engineer Steindór Þór Steindórsson offered the mayor the leather pants he wore on the Eurovision stage in Helsinki in 2007, as back-up guitarist to Eiríkur Haukson’s performance of Valentine Lost, which did not make it past the semi-finals.

This morning Dagur showed himself to be a man of his word, when he arrived at City Hall wearing leather pants borrowed from an unnamed source. Dagur’s assistant, Pétur Ólafsson, shared a picture of the mayor wearing the pants to Instagram.

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