Icelandic Election Watch Party and Panel Discussion

The 2016 parliamentary elections are noteworthy for many reasons. At this moment it is not clear how many political parties are running or how many of them are running in all constituencies.  The opinion polls show significant movement of support between political parties.  The conventional Four Party System consisting of Sjálfstæðisflokkur (conservatives), Samfylking (social democrats), Vinstri Grænir (left green movement) and Framsóknarflokkur (center/farmers party) no longer collectively dominates the electorate. New political powers such as Pírataflokkurinn (The Pirate Party) and Viðreisn (center right) are showing significant strength and The Pirate Party is now head to head with Sjálfstæðisflokkur in the polls.

Will the Pirate Party lead the next government and offer Edward Snowden political asylum? This could be a real question.

To discuss the elections and its prospective effect on Iceland’s governance and Iceland’s relationship with the US, Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce and Katrín Júlíusdóttir, Member of Parliament, will join us for the Election Night Watch panel discussion. The moderator is Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, writer and journalist.

WHAT:  The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce Election Watch Panel.

WHERE:  Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Ave, 2nd floor (between 52 St & 53rd St)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite 

Event fee is $20 paid at door.

The event is made possible by a generous support from Icelandair.

With Kind Regards,

The Board of Directors of the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce.

IACC Corporate Sponsors:  ÖssurIcelandairEimskipsiggi’s dairyOddi PrintingCentury Aluminum and Íslandsbanki


Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir became the Minister of Industry and Commerce in May 2013. A Member of Parliament for the Independence Party since 2007 and Chairman of the Parliamentary group from 2010-12.  Ms. Árnadóttir served as the Political Advisor to the Minister of Finance (1998-2005), the Minister for Foreign Affairs (2005-2006) and the Prime Minister (2006-2007). She worked for the Trade Council of Iceland from 1995-1998, both in New York as Vice Commercial Counsellor and as Commercial Counsellor, and in Reykjavík as Project Manager. Ragnheiður Elín served as the Executive Director of the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce from 1996-1997. She graduated from the University of Iceland in 1991 with a BA-degree in Political Science, and an MSFS-degree (Master of Science in Foreign Service) from Georgetown University in Washington D.C in 1994.

Ragnheiður is married to Guðjón Ingi Guðjónsson, she has two sons and two stepdaughters.

Katrín Júlíusdóttir;  Member of Parliament in Iceland since 2003. Minister of finance and economy 2012 - 2013 Minister of Industry, energy and tourism 2009 - 2012 Vice chair of the parliamentary committee on environment and transport 2013- Chair of the parliamentary committee on industry and energy 2007 - 2009 Chair of the EFTA/EEA parliamentary committee 2007-2009. Vice chair of the Social Democratic Alliance 2013-2016.

Birna Anna Björnsdóttir is a writer and journalist, and a founding partner of the business and political consulting firm Suðvestur. She worked at Morgunblaðið in Iceland from 1998-2008 both as a journalist and columnist. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Iceland and an M.A. in Literature from New York University.

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