Reykjavik’s Infamous Mayor

31 05 2013

Today I visited the City Hall and found out exactly why everyone loves the mayor! He never went to university, used to be a taxi driver, and played in a punk rock band called “Runny Nose”. The musician, actor and comedian made international headlines in 2010 when his satirical “Best Party” won the race for mayor it had worked so hard to mock. The party called for free towels at public pools, a drug-free parliament, a polar bear for the petting zoo, and free Disneyland. There also was a promise to break all of  the promises. Jón Gnarr’s party became the fourth in four years to fill the mayoral position at a time when public disillusion was soaring.

A strange City Hall for an even stranger Mayor! (and the portholes are the bathrooms!)

A strange City Hall for an even stranger Mayor! (and the portholes are the bathrooms!)

But two-and-a-half years into his term and four years after the country’s incapacitating economic collapse, Jón has overcome skeptics and confounded the political establishment in Reykjavik to become a symbol of Iceland’s economic and cultural rebirth. Jón has done many things to improve the city and also had to make some difficult decisions like make layoffs, but he is very popular among Reykjavik’s residents!

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