Published 16th May, 2012
The Left-Green Movement or VG was founded in 1998 by factions of the People’s Alliance (PA) and Women’s Alliance who opposed the policies of the newly formed Social Democratic Alliance. They describe themselves as left-wing and believe in democratic Socialism, Socialism, feminism and environmentalism. They oppose Iceland’s involvement in NATO and are Eurosceptic, opposing membership of the European Union.
In the 1999 general election the VG won six of 63 seats in the Althing or parliament and in 2003 they took five seats. In 2007 they did better and took nine of 63 seats and in the 2009 election they grew to 14 seats and joined the Social Democratic Alliance in coalition government.
The Left-Green Movement is a member of the Nordic Green Left Alliance.