No Pirate Treasure in Iceland

The election results from Iceland are final. Contrary to some of the hype prior to the election, the Pirate Party did not “take over an entire island” and will not be part of the ruling coalition. However, with 14,4% of the vote, this is the best result ever for the Pirate Party in any election. Not sure, but I think second best was the Swedish European Parliament Election in 2009 which yielded the Pirates 7,3%. The turn-out at 79.2% was the lowest ever according to the Icelandic public service broadcaster RÚV.

The most surprising result may be that the traditionally strong Social Democratic party only won 5,8% of the votes, bordering on the 5% threshold for Alþingi representation.