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Most Poles in Iceland Did Not Vote for Duda

Voting results among Polish nationals in Iceland differed starkly from those in Poland in the country’s recent presidential election. While populist incumbent Andrzej Duda was re-elected with 51.14% of the vote in Poland, he received only 20.2% of votes submitted through the Polish embassy in Iceland. RÚV reported first.

A total of 3,174 votes were submitted through the Polish embassy in Iceland in the second round of voting. Of those votes, 2,533 (79.8%) were for Rafal Trzaskowski, Duda’s liberal opponent. Voter participation was slightly higher in Iceland than Poland, with 71% of eligible voters in Iceland submitting a ballot (the figure was 68% in Poland).

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Around 20,000 Polish people live in Iceland. They are the largest immigrant group of any nationality in the country, making up nearly half of all immigrants. Human rights groups and critics have expressed fears that Duda’s victory will boost illiberal tendencies in Poland and within the EU.

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