A shattered political landscape will make it difficult to form a new government, but Jakobsdóttir may seek a coalition with other left-wing parties that opinion polls suggest will gain support.
“If we get such a government, we are going to see some changes when it comes to taxation of the rich, and environmental questions are going to be more important,” said Baldvin Bergsson, political analyst at broadcaster RUV.
기후 변화 is an important issue for Icelanders
, who like to call their nation the
“Land of Fire and Ice
” because of its other-worldly landscape of volcanoes and glaciers used in the HBO TV series
“Game of Thrones.
Iceland has already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, well ahead of most other European nations, but especially younger voters are pushing for even bolder steps.
Left-wing parties are also calling for more government spending on healthcare, which has been the most important topic in the election.
Successful weathering of the pandemic and the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has reopened borders, providing a needed boost to the vital tourism sector, which attracted some 2 million foreign visitors in 2019.
“The pandemic was a huge blow to the important tourism industry,” said Stefania Oskarsdottir, a political scientist at University of Iceland, adding that high public spending has fueled optimism.
“Despite coming out of a deep recession, the average Icelander feels that these are good times,” 그녀가 말했다.
Polls open at 04:00 EST on Saturday and close at 17:00 EST with a final result expected on Sunday morning.