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Election and Democracy
Iceland
Voter turnout in the national election79.2% (June 2019 or latest)
[10/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections6.15 (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes82.6% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign56.3% (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions73.7% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works66.2% (2013)
[10/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today5.31 (2014)
[15/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago5.44 (2014)
[17/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now6.09 (2014)
[8/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.77 (2014)
[2/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.57 (2014)
[2/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.97 (2014)
[11/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions4.95 (2014)
[10/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.54 (2014)
[3/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights4.26 (2014)
[25/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.91 (2014)
[14/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.39 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.87 (2014)
[1/26countries]
Politician
Iceland
Number of total seats in the Parliament63 (2017)
[35/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population188.48 (2017)
[1/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives63 (2017)
[35/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population188.48 (2017)
[1/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments47.6% (2017)
[1/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)40.0% (2017)
[6/35countries]
% of those who trust politicians27.0% (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption34.2% (2016)
[16/25countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest32.3% (2014)
[23/26countries]
Political party and organization
Iceland
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics26.1% (2014)
[18/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices53.6% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party23.4% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government11.5% (2016)
[14/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations3.76 (2014)
[20/26countries]
Parliament
Iceland
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election29.6% (2016)
[6/25countries]
% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law12.7% (2014)
[19/26countries]
Political awareness
Iceland
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)72.1% (2016)
[11/24countries]
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)50.3% (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left12.2% (2014)
[18/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is center42.3% (2014)
[18/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is right17.8% (2014)
[15/26countries]
Average of political position5.17 (2014)
[17/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers62.5% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day33.8% (2014)
[6/18countries]
% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper10.3% (2014)
[17/18countries]
% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day69.9% (2014)
[16/26countries]
% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information3.8% (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who watch political news on television every day41.0% (2014)
[13/18countries]
% of those who never watch political news on television6.6% (2014)
[13/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day34.4% (2014)
[3/18countries]
% of those who never listen to political news on the radio12.1% (2014)
[18/18countries]
% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day40.2% (2014)
[2/17countries]
% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information16.1% (2014)
[17/17countries]
% of those who have expressed political views on the internet19.4% (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion39.5% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country64.9% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government8.4% (2014)
[26/26countries]
% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice50.6% (2016)
[16/25countries]
% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think45.6% (2014)
[21/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.65 (2014)
[9/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.84 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Political action
Iceland
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law27.6% (2014)
[20/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views19.0% (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity38.3% (2014)
[11/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition73.8% (2014)
[3/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.60 (2014)
[12/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting35.9% (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government96.5% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of those who have attended demonstrations30.2% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations92.2% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings77.6% (2016)
[1/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings46.7% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views80.2% (2016)
[3/25countries]
Government
Iceland
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 40.4% (2009)
[16/34countries]
Public officials
Iceland
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older39.6% (2015)
[2/31countries]
% of those who trust in civil servants29.0% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people49.7% (2014)
[18/25countries]
% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption31.8% (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption32.8% (2016)
[13/25countries]
% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years89.1% (2016)
[6/25countries]
Public finance
Iceland
General government expenditure, % of GDP42.9% (2015)
[17/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP42.1% (2015)
[17/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-0.8% (2015)
[12/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP73.8% (2015)
[19/35countries]
% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending50.5% (2016)
[19/25countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget0.14% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget2.91% (2016)
[26/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget10.74% (2016)
[10/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.25% (2016)
[22/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.03% (2016)
[21/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget16.61% (2016)
[11/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget6.71% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget15.79% (2016)
[6/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget29.75% (2016)
[27/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP0.06% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.28% (2016)
[26/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP4.74% (2016)
[10/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.55% (2016)
[21/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.45% (2016)
[20/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP7.33% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP2.96% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP6.96% (2016)
[1/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP13.12% (2016)
[23/32countries]
Tax
Iceland
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates24.0% (2015)
[5/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)20.00% (2018)
[26/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)29 (2016)
[18/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)6.9% (2010)
[32/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)14.9% (2010)
[26/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)26.8% (2010)
[33/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes19.7% (2016)
[12/25countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes50.5% (2016)
[15/25countries]
% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes75.4% (2009)
[15/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.13 (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes77.8% (2016)
[10/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society61.0% (2016)
[7/25countries]
Social security
Iceland
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)16.6% (2013)
[28/34countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system51.9% (2013)
[14/26countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions72.5% (2016)
[10/25countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old99.1% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old9.9% (2016)
[13/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people84.2% (2016)
[6/25countries]
% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people2.6% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people1.8% (2016)
[21/25countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people68.0% (2012)
[3/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people88.1% (2012)
[1/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)80 (2009)
[22/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 15.4% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 62.1% (2012)
[2/27countries]
% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 16.9% (2012)
[12/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave36.8% (2012)
[15/27countries]
% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave3.8% (2012)
[22/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave59.1% (2012)
[8/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age1.1% (2012)
[22/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age27.3% (2012)
[26/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age71.6% (2012)
[2/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age76.9% (2012)
[3/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor3.1% (2009)
[28/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it85.7% (2016)
[8/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.88 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Law and Justice
Iceland
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free87.2% (2016)
[1/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)59.6% (2016)
[9/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations6.28 (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts53.9% (2009)
[18/34countries]