Icelandic prohibition referendum, 1908

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A prohibition referendum was held in Iceland on 10 September 1908, alongside parliamentary elections. In the first referendum to be held in the country, voters were asked whether they approved of a ban on importing alcohol.[1] It was approved by 60.1% of voters. The ban was overturned by a second referendum in 1933.


Choice Votes %
For 4,850 59.35
Against 3,218 40.65
Invalid/blank votes 640
Total 8,728 100
Registered voters/turnout 11,726 74.43
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p966 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7