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Iceland's President Gets A Pay Rise, Gives It To Charity

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Iceland's President Gets A Pay Rise, Gives It To Charity

Iceland's president has just one-upped every other politician in the world by donating his entire 20 percent pay rise to charity.

"I did not ask for this pay rise," Gudni Johannesson said. "I knew nothing about this pay rise. I do not need this pay rise." He is allegedly the first person in history to ever utter these words.

The donation of his monthly 600,000 Króna (£4,350) rise also presented not only an opportunity to put 'all around nice guy' in his Twitter bio, but to lay the smack down on our own prime minister.

He said: "I'm not Mother Theresa. I don't need to brag about such things." *Icelandic clap*

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It wasn't just the pres. All Icelandic MP's got an increase of about 300,000 Króna every month. The president got double because he (probably) rescues puppies and mows the lawns of everyone in Reykjavik.

You got SMOKED! Image: PA

Although the rises were condemned by anti-establishment movements in the country, the national Kjararad commission, which announced the rise, defended them, saying: "It is very important that the elected members are financially independent and dependent on no one.

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"Their work has no clear parallel on the work market, as they are elected for their jobs in general elections and have to renew their mandate at least every four years."

Hats off to you, Gudni.

Featured image credit: Reuters

Topics: Charity, President, Iceland

Josh Teal
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