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Althing

(äl`thĭng) [Icel.,=general diet], parliament of Iceland. This assembly, the oldest in Europe, was convened at Thingvellir, SW Iceland, in 930. It was dissolved in 1800, was revived as an advisory body to the Danish monarchy in 1845, and in 1874, when Iceland was granted a constitution, became again a legislative body. The Althing in 1944 voted the independence of Iceland from Denmark, a decision ratified by popular vote. The Althing is now a 63-member unicameral body, but until 1991 it comprised a lower house (two thirds of members) and an upper house (one third). Members are elected by a system of proportional representation.
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The Althingi had been abolished in 1800 but was reestablished in 1843 as a consultative assembly.
Althingi is believed to have been established at Thingvellir (about 40 km east of ReykjavE[degrees]k) in 930 CE and is fucntioning in Reykjavik since 1845.
The legislation came into force after Iceland's prime minister, president of the Supreme Court and president of the Althingi, Iceland's parliament, signed it Tuesday local time in the absence of President Olafur Grimsson, who is outside the country.
The Justice Ministry gave Fischer the go-ahead to travel to Iceland after he was granted Icelandic citizenship Monday by a special act of the Althingi, Iceland's parliament.
A substantial part of this book is devoted to a detailed study of the way committees work in the Swedish Riksdag and the Iceland Althingi, though Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish experience also comes into his more general comparisons between fairly settled Scandinavian patterns and a Scottish Parliament still feeling its way in a colder climate of public opinion than accompanied its establishment.
It has the world's oldest parliament, the Althingi, which was established in 930AD.
Report presented by the Icelandic Minister of Foreign to the Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) in April 2000.
Althingi, Iceland's parliament, today approved legislation that will allow the conclusion of a contract to construct Alcoa's proposed Fjardaal primary aluminum smelter in Eastern Iceland.
A party needs five per cent of the vote to be represented in the 63-seat parliament, the Althingi.
He now chairs both the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees, as well as the Committee for Economy in Althingi.
First, Iceland's Parliament -- the Althingi -- did vote in 1998 to resume whaling, but at some yet to be determined point in the future.
It had a Parliament called the Althingi, which had legislative and judicial functions, but did not have executive functions.