Reform Party (Iceland)

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Reform Party
Chairperson Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Vice-chairperson Þorsteinn Víglundsson
Founder Benedikt Jóhannesson
Founded 24 May 2016
Split from Independence Party
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Economic liberalism[2]
Political position Centre[4]
Seats in the Althing
4 / 63
Election symbol

The Reform Party[5] (Icelandic: Viðreisn) is a liberal political party in Iceland[1][6] that was founded on 24 May 2016 but had existed as a political network since June 2014. It split from the Independence Party, mainly over discontent with its decision not to hold a referendum on joining the European Union and lack of support for free-trade.

The party supports Icelandic EU membership, and reform of farming subsidies and protective excise taxes on foreign produce. It wants public policy to focus on the general interest of society and reduce influence from special interests. Viðreisn is in favor of a publicly financed welfare state.[7] It supports pegging the króna to another currency, such as the Euro, through a currency board as a plan to lower interest rates.[8] Its healthcare policy aims at reducing the patient's share of healthcare costs.[9]

Viðreisn has been assigned the list letter C.[10] It participated in the 2016 elections to the Althing (Icelandic parliament) and won seven seats.[11]

Electoral results[edit]

Election Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2016 19,870 10.5
7 / 63
Increase 7 Increase 5th Coalition
2017 13,122 6.5
4 / 63
Decrease 3 Decrease 8th Opposition

Party chairman[edit]

Chairperson Period
Benedikt Jóhannesson 2016–2017
Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir 2017–


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Iceland". Parties and Elections in Europe.
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  5. ^ "Viðreisn". Viðreisn. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  6. ^ Viðreisn undirbýr framboð - MBL
  7. ^ "Our Core Manifesto". Viðreisn official website. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  8. ^ Paul Fontaine (October 10, 2016). "Where Do They Want To Take Us? The Platforms Explained". The Reykjavik Grapevine.
  9. ^ Viðreisn - Heilbrigðis- og velferðarmál
  10. ^ Hólmfríður Gísladóttir, E, F, N, O, P, U, X, Y, Æ og Ö, Morgunblaðið (June 7, 2016).
  11. ^ Helgadóttir, Oddný (October 30, 2016). "No, the Pirates didn't win Iceland's elections. Here's what happened instead". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-08.

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