Progress Party (Iceland)
|Party leader||Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson|
|Secretary General||Jón Björn Hákonarson|
|vice-chairman||Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir|
|founding||December 16, 1916|
|International connections||Liberal International (LI)|
The party mainly represents the interests of farmers and fishermen. It was founded in 1916 through the merger of the Farmers' Party ( Bændaflokkur ) and the Independent Farmers ( Óháðir bændur ).
Some of the members speak out against NATO membership. In 2009 the party supported EU membership with reservations about agricultural and fishing rights , but has since opposed it again.
In the 2014 local elections, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, the top candidate in Reykjavík, attracted attention with criticism of Islam against the construction of a mosque. As a result, several party officials resigned in the summer of 2014 because of Sveinbjörg Birna's statements and the failure of the party leadership to distance itself from the Progress Party.
In 2015, the Progress Party welcomed global warming at its congress , which brings "new and exciting opportunities" for Iceland. This includes "increasing grain production, afforestation and more diverse local food production".
|Tryggvi Thórhallsson||1928-1932||Prime Minister 1927–1932|
|Ásgeir Ásgeirsson||1932-1933||Prime Minister 1932–1934; President 1952–1968|
|Jónas frá Hriflu (Jónas Jónsson)||1934-1944|
|Hermann Jónasson||1944–1962||Prime Minister 1934–1942 and 1956–1958|
|Ólafur Jóhannesson||1968-1979||Prime Minister 1971–1974 and 1978–1979|
|Steingrímur Hermannsson||1979-1994||Prime Minister 1983–1987 and 1988–1991|
|Halldór Ásgrímsson||1994-2006||Prime Minister 2004-2006|
|Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson||2009-2016||Prime Minister 2013–2016|
|Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson||2016–||Prime Minister April – October 2016|
Thus 8 of the previous 17 chairmen of the party were prime ministers of the country.
The party mostly took second place in parliamentary elections until the 1990s. Accordingly, it was often represented in the government, either in coalition with the Independence Party or one of the left parties.
In the Icelandic parliamentary elections in 2007 , the party received only 11.7 percent of the vote. This trend was reversed in the 2009 elections . In 2013 it became the second strongest party with 24.4 percent and again provided the prime minister .
Following the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson in the course of the Panama Papers affair in April 2016, early elections were held on October 29, 2016 . The Progress Party suffered heavy losses from them. With 11.5% it came fourth after the Independence Party, the Left-Green Movement and the Icelandic pirate party Píratar and still has eight seats in the Althing. The existing liberal-conservative coalition of the Progressive Party and the Independence Party had lost its governing majority.
- framsokn Official Website (Icelandic)
- Wolfram Nordsieck: Iceland ( English ) In: Parties and Elections in Europe . Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Alex: Progressives support Iceland EU entry ( English ) In: IceNews . January 17, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Göttingen Democracy Research: Reaching into the right-wing populist rhetoric box . In: Cicero Online Blog . July 22, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Gabriele Schneider: Further resignations from the party because of mosque statements . In: Iceland Review Online . July 22, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Gabriele Schneider: Progress Party is happy about climate change . In: Iceland Review Online . April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Formenn ( Icelandic ) Framsóknarflokkurinn. Archived from the original on September 12, 2016. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- Sigurður Ingi Nýr formaður Framsóknar ( Icelandic ) Framsóknarflokkurinn. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- General Elections 2016 in Iceland ( English ) In: Iceland Monitor . October 30, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.