Voting has started in Iceland in one of the tightest elections in years, with the anti-establishment Pirate party on course to make major gains that could propel it into government for the first time.
Polls published on Friday showed the ruling centre-right coalition on about 37% of the vote, while the opposition parties led by the Pirates, founded barely four years ago by a group of activists, anarchists and former hackers, stood at 47%.
That could leave the small, newly established Vidreisn – meaning “reform” or “regeneration” – party in the role of kingmaker. While broadly pro-European and liberal, it has yet to say which way it will jump. Coalition negotiations could be long and tortuous.