2020 Icelandic presidential election

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2020 Icelandic presidential election

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Candidate Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson
Popular vote 150,913 12,797
Percentage 92.18% 7.82%

President before election

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Elected President

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Presidential elections were held in Iceland on 27 June 2020.[1] Absentee voting opened on 25 May 2020.[2] Incumbent president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was re-elected with 92% of the vote.

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Iceland is elected by first-past-the-post voting,[3] with a simple plurality of votes needed to win.


Incumbent president of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced in his new year's address on 1 January 2020 that he would seek re-election.[4]

Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson [is], a businessman and activist, announced that he would run for the office of president in a Facebook-live video on 22 April.[5]

Several other persons announced their interest in running for the office, including Axel Pétur Axelsson, a self described social engineer, who was quoted as saying that his first matter of business as president would be to dismiss all members of the Icelandic government.[6] Only the incumbent president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and challenger Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson gathered the required number of signatures to get on the ballot.[7]


Guðni Th. Jóhannesson150,91392.18
Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson12,7977.82
Valid votes163,71096.97
Invalid/blank votes5,1113.03
Total votes168,821100.00
Registered voters/turnout252,15266.95
Source: Statistics Iceland


  1. ^ Republic of Iceland: Election for President 2020 IFES
  2. ^ "Absentee Voting for President Starts Monday". Iceland Review. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ Republic of Iceland: Election for President 2016 IFES
  4. ^ Ruv.is - Guðni gefur kost á sér til endurkjörs RÚV, 1 January 2020
  5. ^ Vísir - Guðmundur Franklín Jónsson býður sig fram til forseta Vísir, 23 April 2020
  6. ^ Axel Pétur í forsetaframboð: Fyrsta verk að reka alla ríkisstjórnina Fréttablaðið, 9 April 2020
  7. ^ Tveir frambjóðendur hafa skilað meðmælum í öllum kjördæmum Visir.is, 20 May 2020