Most Icelanders remain against joining the EU

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert Jóhannesson

A strong majority of Icelanders are against joining the European Union (EU) according to a new MMR opinion poll.

Over half of all respondents (51.4%) said they are either against or strongly against Iceland joining the EU, 27.1% are for or strongly for such a move, while 21.5% are undecided.

According to MMR, while figures have been more or less stable for the past two years, opposition to EU membership is weakening. Back in 2012, for instance, the share of those actively against joining the 28-country bloc was around the 60-65% mark.

People living in the capital Reykjavik and its surrounding municipalities are much more likely to be in favour of joining the EU than people living in rural areas.

Support for EU membership is generally higher among the younger generation, among men, and among higher-income homes.

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Exchange rates

USD USD 109.00 EUR EUR 126.00
GBP GBP 143.43 DKK DKK 16.91
NOK NOK 13.31 SEK SEK 12.27
CHF CHF 109.22 JPY JPY 0.99
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.