One council for one capital city?

29.07.2020 - 15:16
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 Mynd: RÚV/Rúnar Ingi Garðarsson
Seven out of ten capital city residents believe some or all of the city’s seven or eight municipalities should merge—with the largest number wanting to see them all merge into one single city council, a new poll claims.

The merger idea is most popular in Reykjavík and least popular in Mosfellsbær. The poll was conducted for Fréttablaðið and reported on in today’s paper. 

According to the poll, 81 percent of people in Reykjavík believe at least some capital city municipalities could merge, around 73 percent in Kópavogur agreed, as did 58 percent in Hafnarfjörður, and around 50 percent in Garðabær. Only 35 percent of people in Seltjarnarnes agreed, however, and 32 percent in Mosfellsbær. The rural Kjósarhreppur municipality (population 245), which is sometimes included as the eighth capital region municipality, was not included in the Fréttablaðið poll. 

Similar to in Reykjavík, around 80 percent of respondents who live elsewhere in the country also thought at least some capital city municipalities should merge. 

Among capital region respondents, the most responded that they would like to see all seven or eight municipalities merge into one. The second-largest group would like to see just Reykjavík and Seltjarnarnes merge. 15 percent named the possibility of uniting Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær, while ten percent want to merge Kópavogur and Garðabær, and around eight percent Reykjavík and Kópavogur. 

Rósa Guðbjartsdóttir, mayor of Hafnarfjörður and chair of the association of capital region municipalities, told Fréttablaðið today that she has not noticed any great desire in people to merge municipalities.  

The poll results, she says, do not indicate that people have a burning interest in the matter, but rather that they would be open to examining it further. 

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Alexander Elliott
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