Social Democratic Alliance

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Social Democratic Alliance
Samfylkingin
Chairperson Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Vice-chairperson Dagur B. Eggertsson
Chairperson of the board Margrét S. Björnsdóttir
Chairperson of the parliamentary group Magnús Orri Schram
Chairperson of the municipal council Björk Vilhelmsdóttir
Founded May 5, 2000 (2000-05-05)
Merger of
Headquarters Hallveigarstígur 1,
101 Reykjavík
Youth wing Social Democratic Youth
Ideology
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Socialist International
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (Associate)
Nordic affiliation SAMAK
Official colours Red, Orange
Seats in the parliament
19 / 63
Website
www.samfylkingin.is

The Social Democratic Alliance (Icelandic Wp→: Samfylkingin) is a social-democratic[1][2] political party in Iceland. It is centre-left in alignment and currently forms part of a coalition government along with the Left-Green Movement. It became the largest party in the Icelandic parliament after the 2009 Icelandic election. The current Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, is the leader of the Social Democratic Alliance.

The Social Democratic Alliance was born in the run-up to the parliamentary elections of 1999 as an alliance of the four left-wing parties that had existed in Iceland up till then: the Social Democratic Party (Alþýðuflokkurinn), the People's Alliance (Alþýðubandalagið), the Women's List (Samtök um kvennalista) and the National Awakening (Þjóðvaki).[3] The parties then formally merged in May 2000. The merger was a deliberate attempt to unify the entire Icelandic centre-left into one political party capable of countering the centre-right Independence Party. The initial attempt failed however as a group of Alþingi representatives rejected the new party's platform – which was inspired by that of Tony Blair's New Labour – and broke away before the merger to found the Left-Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð), based on more traditional democratic socialist values as well as green politics and euroscepticism.

The current chair of the party is Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland. She won the election for chairperson at the party conference on 28 March 2009 with 98% of the vote. Dagur B. Eggertsson, a member of the City Council and former mayor of Reykjavik, has been vice chair since same date; he received 65.6% of the vote. The youth wing of the Social Democratic Alliance is Social Democratic Youth (Ungir Jafnaðarmenn).

Electoral results

Parliament (Althing)

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
1999 44,378 26.8 (#2)
17 / 63
2003 56,700 31.0 (#2)
20 / 63
increase 3
2007 48,743 26.8 (#2)
18 / 63
decrease 2
2009 55,758 29.8 (#1)
20 / 63
increase 2

Municipal

Reykjavik

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2010 11,344 19.1 (#3)
3 / 15
decrease 1

Members of the parliament

Parliamentarian Since Title Constituency
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir Johanna sigurdardottir official portrait.jpg 1978 Prime Minister. Reykjavík North Constituency
Össur Skarphéðinsson Islandi välisminister Össur Skarphéðinsson avamas toiduturgu Islandi väljakul.jpg 1991 Foreign Minister Reykjavík South Constituency
Oddný G. Harðardóttir 2009 Financial minister South Constituency
Guðbjartur Hannesson 2009 Minister of Welfare North West Constituency
Katrín Júlíusdóttir 2003 Minister of Industry Southwest Constituency
Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir 1995 Speaker of the Parliament Reykjavík South Constituency
Magnús Orri Schram 2009 Leader of the Parliamentary group Southwest Constituency
Helgi Hjörvar 2003 Member of Parliament Reykjavík North Constituency
Valgerður Bjarnadóttir 2009 Member of Parliament Reykjavík North Constituency
Mörður Árnason 2003 Member of Parliament Reykjavík South Constituency
Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir 2009 Member of Parliament Reykjavík South Constituency
Skúli Helgason 2009 Member of Parliament Reykjavík South Constituency
Árni Páll Árnason 2007 Member of Parliament Southwest Constituency
Lúðvík Geirsson 2011 Member of Parliament Southwest Constituency
Ólína Þorvarðardóttir 2009 Member of Parliament North West Constituency
Kristján L. Möller 1999 Member of Parliament North East Constituency
Sigmundur Ernir Rúnarsson 2009 Member of Parliament North East Constituency
Jónína Rós Guðmundsdóttir 2009 Member of Parliament North East Constituency
Björgvin G. Sigurðsson 2003 Member of Parliament South Constituency
Róbert Marshall 2009 Member of Parliament South Constituency

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