ElectionGudie

April 25, 2009 Held

193,934
Voted
Iceland

Republic of Iceland

Election for Althing (Icelandic Parliament)

Results

82%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:193,934
Valid Votes:187,180
Invalid Votes:6,754

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Social Democratic Alliance 20 - 55,758

29.79%

Independence Party 16 - 44,369

23.70%

Left-Green Movement 14 - 40,580

21.68%

Progressive Party 9 - 27,699

14.80%

Citizens' Movement 4 - 13,579

7.25%

Liberal Party - - 4,148

2.22%

Democracy Movement - - 1,107

0.59%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 63 seats in the Parliament (Althing)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Olafur Ragnar GRIMSSON
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Johanna SIGURDARDOTTIR
  • Assembly: Iceland has a unicameral Parliament (Althing) with 63 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by simple majority vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.
  • In the Parliament (Althing), 54 members are elected through an open-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms and 9 members are elected by open list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are six mult-member districts. Each compensatory seat corresponds to a multi-member district. These seats are awarded to parties from the same open lists in order to make the parties' overall seat shares proportional to their national vote shares.

Main parties in the electoral race:

** The Social Democratic Alliance (SDA) includes the People's Alliance (PA), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the Women's List.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 318,499 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 227,889 (April 2009 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 158,216 (2009)

·         Is Iceland a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (24 July 1980)

·         Has Iceland ratified CEDAW: Yes (18 June 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 27 (following the 2009 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 16 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Iceland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Iceland ratified CRPD: No

·         Population with a disability: 47,774 (est.)