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Iceland has elected a new prime minister – and she reportedly wants to make the country a ‘world leader’ when it comes to climate change.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, 41, is the chair of Iceland’s Left-Green movement – which focuses on issues of democratic socialistism and feminism – as well as the environment.

The PM, who has been described as ‘the most trusted’ politician in the country, will lead a three-party coalition with the centre-right Independence and Progressive parties.

Climate change

Jakobsdóttir wants to make Iceland entirely carbon neutral by 2040, and has said she will ‘go farther than the Paris Accord’ in order to fight climate change.

While the three parties she is leading in the coalition hold different perspectives, Jakobsdóttir has highlighted how important it is that they cooperate to meet these goals.

Announcing the new model she said: “It is important that we try to change the way we work together.

“This agreement strikes a new chord.”


Jakobsdóttir does not appear to have spoken out about veganism and the environment before.

However, the Left-Green movement came in for some controversy last year over promotional videos made by Artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

One of the adverts (above) shows Kjartansson standing at a barbecue.

Media translated him as saying that Left-Green people ‘barbecue Bulsur at night’ – a local type of vegan hot dog.


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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.