How Jón Gnarr Became the Mayor of Reykjavik and Changed the World

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Jón Gnarr

Actor, comedian, and former mayor of Reykjavik Jón Gnarr talks about his political career—and why he founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. He promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, and a “drug-free Parliament by 2020.” Gnarr was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital. In his book How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World, he recounts how it all happened and describes his vision of a more enlightened politics for the future.

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