Frequently asked questions

  • Has the decision been made that there will be an election regarding the amalgamation?

    No. That decision has not been made. The project team is working on gathering information to give the municipal councils the basis for deciding whether formal negotiations will be initiated. If the result is not to initiate formal negotiations, the elections will not be held. However, a part of the data collection is to explore the thoughts of the residents in regard to the merger.

  • Will residents participate in developing a proposal for a merger?

    Focus groups have been appointed with representatives from all five of the municipalities. Each group deals with specific aspects of the project, such as administration and finance. Later in the process, open public meetings will be held where residents can share their points of view, comments and ideas. If it is decided to initiate formal discussions, further consultation will be held with residents regarding a future vision of a merged municipality.

  • What will happen next if a decision is made to begin formal merger discussions?

    If the municipal councils decide to initiate formal merger discussions according to Act no. 119. of the Local Authorities  Act, the councils will elect a Joint Committee to examine the matter and explore the possibility of merging the municipalities in question, and prepare to submit the matter to a referendum within in the municipalities. The Joint Committee is relatively free to choose how it works, but the Act stipulates that the Committee submits its opinion to the municipal councils concerned. Traditionally, Joint Committees have set a vision for a united municipality that residents can compare with the current situation.

  • Who has the right to vote in a municipal amalgamation?

    Every Icelandic national who has reached the age of 18 years when an election takes place and who is legally domiciled in the municipality is entitled to vote in municipal elections. Where the provisions of Article 9 of the Act on Legal Domicile, No. 21/1990, apply to an individual’s situation, he/she is not deemed to be disenfranchised despite having notified a change of residence in accordance with the Nordic Agreement on National Registration, provided the requirements of the first paragraph are satisfied in other respects. Furthermore, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish nationals, who have been legally domiciled in Iceland without interruption for a continuous three-year period preceding election day, [and other foreign nationals who have been legally domiciled in Iceland for a continuous five-year period preceding election day,] shall be entitled to vote, provided they satisfy in other respects the requirements of the first paragraph.