About the Independence Party
The Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) was founded on 25 May 1929, the result of a merger between the Conservative Party (Íhaldsflokkurinn) and the Liberal Party (Frjálslyndi flokkurinn).
The Independence Party is a liberal-conservative political party in Iceland. It is currently the largest party in the Icelandic parliament (Alþingi), with 17 seats. Since its formation in 1929, the party has won the largest share of the vote in every general election except 2009. Every Independence Party leader has also at some point held the office of Prime Minister. Since 2013, there have been three different coalition governments in Iceland, all of which have included the Independence Party. The party has been a partner in 25 of the 34 governments elected since Iceland became a republic in 1944. The party currently has 113 elected councillors in 35 municipalities and forms a majority in 23 of them.
The first leader of the party was Jón Þorláksson (1929–34). He was followed by:
- Ólafur Thors (1934–61)
- Bjarni Benediktsson (1961–1970)
- Jóhann Hafstein (1970–73)
- Geir Hallgrímsson (1973–83)
- Þorsteinn Pálsson (1983–91)
- Davíð Oddsson (1991–2005)
- Geir H. Haarde (2005–09)
- Bjarni Benediktsson (2009–date).
Telephone: +354 515 1700
General Secretary: Þórður Þórarinsson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy General Secretary: Sigurbjörn Ingimundarson – email@example.com
Corporate Information Officer: Ingvar P. Guðbjörnsson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Party Conference Manager: Lilja Birgisdóttir – email@example.com (on leave)
Head of the Reykjavik City Council Independence Party Group: Marijón Ósk Nóadóttir – firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Vörður (council of representatives of Independence Party associations in Reykjavik): Jón Birgir Eiríksson – email@example.com
Chairman: Bjarni Benediktsson
Deputy Chairman: Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir
Secretary: Vilhjálmur Árnason
Charmain of the Parliamentary Group: Hildur Sverrisdóttir
Political resolution of the 44th party conference (2022)
The political resolution can be found here.
Party organisational rules
The party’s organisational rules can be found here.
Main electoral priorities in 2021
We pledge to:
- ensure responsible economic management – the basis for further improving quality of life in Iceland;
- bring about a revolution in green energy – Iceland should be a leader in energy exchange by harnessing green domestic energy;
- lower taxes – benefitting both households and businesses;
- safeguard patients’ right to healthcare – a new healthcare insurance system putting people first, not the system itself;
- pursue a digital revolution in health and welfare services;
- conduct a full-scale review of the insurance system for senior citizens – income-tax personal allowance to be raised immediately to ISK 200,000;
- reorganise the social security system for the disabled – fostering financial independence and increasing employment opportunities;
- foster a more dynamic and diverse economy – lower levies, simpler regulation and incentives for innovation;
- ensure free international trade – further opening up worldwide markets for Icelandic exports;
- bring about better service, faster handling, easier accessibility, and a simpler life by means of Digital Iceland;
- further invest in modern, efficient and safe transport – building a robust infrastructure, led by freedom of choice and diversity;
- further diversify the education system – to keep up with rapid developments in society and business needs. Independent schools should enjoy equal treatment.