Meet the Coolest Mayor in the World

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28th Nov, 2012

Meet Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland’s largest (and coolest) city.

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He never went to university, used to be a taxi driver and played in a local punk rock band called ‘Runny Nose’.

 

After that, Jon became well-known in his country as a comedian and actor. (That’s him on the right).

 

But then in 2009, to poke fun at the establishment, Jon and a few of his industry buddies, with zero experience in politics, formed a party called “The Best Party”.

Since all the other political parties were secretly corrupt, the Best Party declared they would be openly corrupt and admitted they would not keep any of their promises made pre-election which included, “free towels in all swimming pools, a new Disneyland, a drug-free Parliament by 2020 and a polar bear for the Reykjavík zoo”.

Six months later, Jon and his party won the elections.

This was their campaign video:

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His favorite TV show is HBO’s The Wire and when he was elected, Jon announced that he would not enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched the series.

Here he is with Clark Peters from The Wire:

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It might be worth noting that when he was a child, Jon was diagnosed by doctors with severe mental retardation and ADHD and was treated for two years in a State Hospital.

But he still became Mayor.

 

Jon is a hands-on kind of politician when it comes to making changes for his city.

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He also really likes to show his support at Gay Pride. Here he is in full drag:

The Mayor of Reykjavik

and here:

Jón Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik

Oh and here is the mayor protesting for the freedom of Russian punk-rock band Pussy Riot:

"Free pussy riot"

He chooses his words carefully…

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And just like us, he hates it when the WIFI is down…

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Also, it might be useful to know that his daughter is a badass body builder with a black belt in Taekwondo:

 

Here’s Jon inexplicably dressed as a Jedi hanging out with Gaga:

 

Photo by Roman Geraymenko via Reykjavik.com

 

Jon and his wife once toured in a punk rock band with Iceland’s coolest musical export, Bjork. (And they’re still good buddies).

 

There was even an acclaimed documentary film made about Jon that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here is the trailer:

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I guess you could say his whole political ethos is like a Banksy painting come to life.

So respect to you Mr. Gnarr. We need more people like you in politics!

Would YOU vote for a mayor like Jon Gnarr? Follow him on Facebook HERE

Images via here, here, here and here

Update: Sad news. Jon Gnarr announces he will not be running for a second term, leaving politics [article here].

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