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How was this person considered for a pardon in Iceland?

The law in Iceland dates from the 1940s, and is modelled on Danish laws of the period. Pre-1940, an adult convicted of a serious crime (one which is "outrageous to public opinion" and leads to a ...
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How is Katrin Jakobsdottir (Prime Minister of Iceland) able to remain in office despite winning third-most seats in last election?

This can occur when there is a compromise candidate. In the Icelandic coalition, there are a conservative and a progressive party in coalition with a green party. The conservative party may have ...
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Why did the Icelandic Pirate Party switch from the letter Þ to the letter P?

It was done most likely to reduce spoilt ballots. In Iceland votes are cast by writing or stamping the letter of the party list (Article 62) on the ballot paper. The letters are chosen by the ministry ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

Usually, it is because the mechanisms for triggering elections are not the same between the two. Presidential term is generally a fixed number of years, and unless the incumbent dies/resigns/otherwise ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

This would profit from a country tag. In Germany, where I live, parliament and president cannot be elected at the same time because the electoral college ("Bundesversammlung") that elects ...
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Did Iceland suffer any backlash from Russia when it recognized the regained independence of the three Baltic Republics?

The Soviet Union recalled its ambassador to Iceland: Lithuania remains one of the union republics of the Soviet Union. Ignoring this fundamental fact is an attempt to interfere in the Soviet Union’s ...
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Constitutionally, what would happen if the Icelandic President is convicted of a criminal offense?

There is nothing in the Icelandic constitution that would compel a President convicted of a crime to resign. A President can be removed from office by a three-fourths vote of Parliament plus a ...
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Did Iceland suffer any backlash from Russia when it recognized the regained independence of the three Baltic Republics?

Actually Russia recognized their independence, even if Russia formally didn't yet exist as a fully independent country at the time. on July 29, 1991, Boris Yeltsin - by then the popularly elected ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

For countries in your list (like Ireland), there are two primary reasons why the elections would be held at different times for the president vs the parliament: The parliament can generally choose to ...
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Do any countries other than Iceland ban male circumcision?

A number of countries are coming close, but I found no evidence any country is totally there. Example: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norwegian-ruling-progress-party-ban-circumcision-...
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(Why) did the EEA countries accept a guillotine clauses at a later date than the original Agreement?

The dates noted in the Wikipedia article are the dates of each country's accession to the Schengen area. These dates must represent a broadening in the scope of the guillotine clauses to reflect the ...
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Iceland is going on strike because of the gender wage gap. What's their current wage gap when adjusting for hours worked and other variables?

With the caveat that you'll have to read these source carefully for methodology, which I didn't, the EU nowadays prefers to speak of unadjusted vs unexplained pay gap. (Although some sources still ...
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Why is this southern coastal part of Iceland incorporated in its Capital Region despite being detached from it?

I got an answer from the Ministry!! The history is detailed in the following article: Krýsuvík kemst í eign Hafnarfjarðar published on 25 October 2019, which translates to Krýsuvík becomes the ...
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Are there any pro-EU parties left in the Icelandic parliament?

There are currently eight parties in the Icelandic Parliament. Five of these parties are Eurosceptic, and against accession to the EU: Independence Party (16 seats) Left-Green Movement (11 seats) ...
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What was the fate of the executives at the main Icelandic banks after the financial crisis?

I found a partial breakdown of the cases, unfortunately it's in the form of an interview with their prosecutor. I'll also quote his premises: "In the beginning, we thought we may find something ...
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Do any countries other than Iceland ban male circumcision?

No country has banned male circumcision (MC). There have been serious attempts and proposals in a number of countries, but none has been enacted in law. A number of countries below are addressed where ...
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(Why) did the EEA countries accept a guillotine clauses at a later date than the original Agreement?

@phoog is correct that the original EEA also has sectorial guillotine albeit called "right of reservation". It was made more explicit in the Schengen extension. According to a 2012 report ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

Let me add a couple of points not yet mentioned (it seems) in the other answers: Not only parliamentary republics This applies not only to parliamentary but also to presidential republics - as in ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

In France: to avoid split governments Since 2001, both Parlement and President are elected every 5 years. The electoral law has been organized in such a way that the Presidential Election predates the ...
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