Allianz (Iceland)

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Alliance party logo
Party leader Logi Már Einarsson
Secretary General Kristjan Guy Burgess
founding May 5, 2000
Headquarters Reykjavík
Youth organization Social democratic youth
Alignment Social democracy
Colours) red
Parliament seats
International connections Socialist International (SI)
European party Party of European Socialists (PES)

The Alliance ( Icelandic Samfylkingin ) is a social democratic party in Iceland .


The party was formed in 1999 through the merger of several left-wing parties, the People's Alliance (Alþýðubandalag), the Social Democratic Party of Iceland (Alþýðuflokkurinn), the Women's Alliance (Samtök um kvennalista) and the People's Awakening (Þjóðvaki). The official founding of the party took place in 2000.

An attempt was made to unite all left-wing parties in Iceland in order to be able to take a stronger stand against the liberal-conservative Independence Party . This failed, however, when some of the MPs split off again and founded the Left Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð) together with socialist and ecological groups .

After she was the strongest opposition party in the Icelandic parliament Althing for a few years , she took part in the government as a junior partner of the Independence Party after the parliamentary elections in 2007 . After protests from the population, this coalition failed in January 2009. In view of the international financial and economic crisis, the independence party in particular was blamed for the near bankruptcy of Iceland and its three largest banks.

Since then, the Alliance under Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has led a left minority government together with the Left-Green movement, with the tolerance of the Progress Party . In the early elections in April 2009, the coalition of the Alliance and the Greens won an absolute majority. From 2009 to 2013 the alliance provided Ásta R. Jóhannesdóttir as the president of the Althings .

In the 2013 general election in Iceland , the Alliance and the Left-Green movement suffered heavy losses. As the strongest parties, the Independence Party and the Progress Party could now form a government coalition.

Since June 17, 2014, the party has provided the Mayor of Reykjavík . Dagur B. Eggertsson succeeded Jón Gnarr von der Besti flokkurinn .

In the early parliamentary elections in Iceland in 2016 , the downward trend for the party continued, with only three seats in the Althing with 5.7% of the vote. The trend changed for the 2017 election , which was also brought forward ; the alliance now received 12.1% of the vote and seven seats in the Althing.


Election results

Elections to the Althing

year be right percent +/- Seats +/-
1999 44,378 26.8 17th
2003 56,700 31.0 +4.2 20th +3
2007 48,742 26.8 −4.2 18th −2
2009 55,758 29.8 +3.0 20th +2
2013 24,292 12.9 −16.9 9 −11
2016 10,893 5.7 −7.2 3 −6
2017 23,652 12.1 +6.4 7th +4

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Arnar Páll Hauksson: "Ekki hennar sök hvernig for" ( Icelandic ) In: . Ríkisútvarpið. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  2. Kristján Guy Burgess nýr framkvæmdastjóri Samfylkingarinnar ( Icelandic ) In: Kjarninn . August 28, 2015. Accessed June 14, 2016.
  3. General Elections 2016 in Iceland ( English ) In: Iceland Monitor . October 30, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  4. Kosningavakan 2017 ( Icelandic ) In: . Ríkisútvarpið . October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Iceland: Prime Minister Sigurdardottir new chairman of the Social Democrats ( memento from April 29, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Hjálmar Friðriksson: Oddný nýr formaður: Finn fyrir ábyrgð ( Icelandic ) RÚV. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.