Iceland’s Pirate Party Tops Opinion Polls, Leader Seeks to Create ‘Switzerland of Bits’
Following recent successes of the Finnish Pirate Party’s Bitcoin funding in the country’s 2015 election campaign, its Icelandic counterpart is now causing an even greater stir. Iceland’s Píratar party, itself a spin-off of Sweden’s Pirates, has shot up in recent opinion polls, to the extent that, according to two recent surveys, they would even be the most popular party if elections were held today. The dramatic shift in public taste in Iceland, which has had a right-of-center government for all but one term since World War Two, has clear implications for the status of disruptive....
Iceland pro-Bitcoin Pirate Party is set to have a role in the country’s next government in October, polls suggest, looking to gain around 25% of the national vote.
Iceland Pirates ‘Well Prepared’ for Government.
The party, whose parliamentary group leader Birgitta Jónsdóttir said she would make the country a “Switzerland of bits” if it came to power, now has a shot at governance, experts say.
“It’s gradually dawning on us, what’s happening,” Birgitta Jónsdóttir, leader of the Pirates’ parliamentary....
Amid political turmoil in Iceland, Pirate party leader Rick Falkvinge has come out in support of “favourable” environments for Bitcoin and digital currencies. Iceland’s Pirate Party has gained a strong following in recent years, with many optimistic following the resignation of the country’s incumbent Prime Minister due to the Panama Papers scandal. Its three seats in parliament, The Intercept reports, are looking safer than ever. “I’d be surprised if another party had a more favorable platform, even if — and that’s a very big if — the PPIS hasn’t taken informal steps already toward being....
The Pirate Party, a political party that seeks to make bitcoin legal tender in Iceland, has a good chance of winning power in the country’s upcoming elections, according to New Europe.
Iceland is one of the few countries where the party already holds seats, and it has its eyes on the presidency of the Parliament and a constituent assembly to review Iceland’s Constitution.
Pirates Gain Support
Although the party formed just four years ago, its popularity in Iceland has swelled for its promotion of privacy rights and personal freedoms, according to the Free Thought....
Iceland’s Pirate Party has won 14.5 percent of the vote in the country’s general election, topping its forecasts but falling short of a majority.
Pirate Party: Result ‘Top Of The Range’.
The much-championed movement gained seven seats in the Icelandic parliament, more than trebling its presence for the next term to ten. Until the weekend, it held only three seats.
Polls leading up to the election placed the Pirates at between 18 and 30% of the vote, with a top score likely leading to a coalition-based majority in parliament.
Speaking after the results came....
The leading light of Iceland’s Pirate Party, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, has declared that “privacy is dead” after securing the power to form a government in a world first.
Talks between Iceland’s major political parties following October’s elections failed to produce a viable government. Guðni Jóhannesson, the incumbent president, met with Jónsdóttir on Friday to hand her the mandate to form an alternative coalition.
‘We’ll Never Reclaim Privacy’.
The Pirate Party came third in the election, claiming 14.5....