Nearly half of Icelanders agree with new Icesave deal: poll

13th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Icelanders, who last year massively rejected a deal to repay the Netherlands and Britain money lost in the failure of online bank Icesave, appear far more positive to a new version of the text, a poll showed Thursday.

A full 47 percent of those questioned for the poll said they thought the Icelandic parliament should approve a new accord stipulating that Reykjavik repay in full the 3.9 billion euros (4.9 billion dollars) Britain and the Netherlands spent compensating around 340,000 of their citizens hit by Icesave's collapse in October 2008.

Only 35 percent meanwhile said they were opposed to the deal passing parliament, according to the Capacent Gallup poll, which was published by public broadcaster RUV.

Meanwhile, 60 percent of those questioned said they had little or no knowledge of the terms of the new deal, while only 17 percent said they had good or very good knowledge of the conditions.

Iceland, which saw its economy nearly collapse after its main banks went bust in late 2008, reached a new deal with London and The Hague last month allowing it to gradually repay the money between 2016 and 2046 at a 3.0-percent interest rate.

Last March, 93 percent of Icelandic voters rejected in a referendum an initial repayment deal between 2016 and 2024, balking at what was widely considered a high interest rate of 5.5 percent.

Thursday's poll was conducted between December 22 and 30, questioning 1,200 people.

© 2011 AFP

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