Iceland’s Pirate Party is one of those exciting things you hear about but know in your heart won’t ever happen—like Liberland or Bernie Sanders. Except this time it’s real. There’s an election tomorrow, and there’s a tiny chance the Pirate Party could win and form a coalition government. At the very least, it will probably earn the second-highest number of seats and become one of Iceland’s major parties.
The latest two polls, published today, show the Pirate Party in second place behind the center-right Independence Party. But earlier polls from this spring had put the Pirate Party ahead by double digits. An astounding accomplishment for a political organization whose logo is a pirate flag.
“We’re called the Pirate party in reference to a global movement of Pirate parties that popped up over the last decade,” parliamentary candidate Smári McCarthy told The Guardian. “Despite our name, we’re taken fairly seriously in Iceland, in particular because of our very aggressive anti-corruption stance, [and] our pro-transparency work.”