The election makes Iceland the only country in Europe, and one of a handful in the world, with a majority of female lawmakers. Worldwide, the organization says just over a quarter of legislators are women. The milestone for women comes despite a poor outcome for parties on the left, where female candidates are more often frontrunners.
Opinion polls had suggested a victory for left-leaning parties in the unpredictable election, which saw 10 parties competing for seats. But the center-right Independence Party took the largest share of votes, winning 16 seats, seven of them held by women.
The centrist Progressive Party celebrated the biggest gain, winning 13 seats, five more than last time. Her party lost several seats, but kept eight, outscoring poll predictions.
It will take days, if not weeks, for a new government to be formed and announced. Climate change had ranked high on the election agenda in Iceland, a glacier-studded volcanic island nation of aboutpeople in the North Atlantic.
An exceptionally warm summer by Icelandic standards — with 59 days of temperatures above 20 C 68 F — and shrinking glaciers have helped drive global warming up the political agenda. Among incoming members of parliament are the oldest and youngest lawmakers ever to take a seat in Iceland: year-old burger t owner Tomas Tomasson and year-old law student Lenya Run Karim, a daughter of Kurdish immigrants who is from the anti-establishment Pirate Party.
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