The Pirate Party, which promises asylum to Edward Snowden and accepts Bitcoin, could form the next Icelandic government.
The Pirate Party is symptomatic of great distrust in the traditional political system gripping Europe. Drug decriminalization and promises of economic improvement have inspired people skeptical of corruption.
Iceland’s Parliamentary election takes place October 29.
“Across Europe … increasingly many people think that the system that is supposed to look after them is not doing it anymore,” Pirate leader Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is also a published poet, told Reuters.
He added: “We know that we are new to this and it is important that we are extra careful and extra critical on ourselves to not take too much on. I really don’t think that we are going to make a lot of ripples in the economy in the first term.” The party says it won’t do things too dramatic.
“We will not be doing any dramatic things in this regard, we will carry on with the lifting of capital control. We are not going to make any dramatic changes in the financial sector,” said Jonsdottir.