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What do we know about the New Mayor of Reykjavík?

When icelandreview.com called the Best party a “joke party” earlier this spring a spokesman for the party complained. However, the party seems to be very hard to define on old fashioned political scales. Nobody can deny that party leader, Jón Gnarr, is a comedian, and one of the most popular in Iceland.


Jón Gnarr. Photo: Stefán Pálsson, Iceland Review

He is also a member of the Libertarian Society in Iceland according to an article in Morgunbladid. The party campaigned for putting a polar bear in the domestic zoo in Reykjavík. It also said that it would do “all sorts of things” for “wretched” people and a drug free Althingi (Iceland’s Parliament) by 2020.

Jón Gnarr claimed he would only work with someone who had seen the TV series Wired. (He has already broken that promise since Dagur B. Eggertsson, leader of the Social Democrats in Reykjavík, has revealed that he has not seen the series).

The video below was issued before the election.

Is Jón Gnarr really serious about this project? Nobody knows. Some, including former progressive Party chairman Gudni Ágústsson and former MP Bjarni Hardarson, have speculated that this is all a part of a big play scripted by the artist.

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