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1038911.  Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:59 pm Reply with quote

According to many sorces on the internet, Althing in Iceland is the worlds oldest parlament - it was founded in year 930. But this isn't quite right, because Løgting or Lagting, the parlament on the Faroe Islands is a few years older and was founded in the year 900 by the Vikings. Løgting used to be called Althing but changed the name later on.

It is a very common mistake to think that Iceland has the oldest parlament in the world, but isn't really. The Faroe Islands are so small that they are probably very easily forgotten.

1038969.  Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:09 am Reply with quote

The problem for Faroe Islands is that their parliament was not mentioned in historical writings until much later, so while evidence points to it being older than Iceland, Iceland has an older dierct evidence.

Similarly, there are claims that the Isle of Man might have the oldest parliament, but the direct evidence comes much later.

1039107.  Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:45 am Reply with quote

Can I also throw San Marino into the mix?

Its Parliament, the Consiglio Grande e Generale, claims itself to have been founded on 3 September 301. See post 552215.

1039133.  Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:15 pm Reply with quote

Can we at least agree the vikings established some parliaments that are still running? (They are, aren't they?)

1039173.  Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:30 pm Reply with quote

I always understood that the Manx parliament appeared in 790 AD.

1039296.  Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:29 pm Reply with quote

The problem is that the first direct evidence for it doesn't come until several centuries later.


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