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Only a third of Icelanders will have a live Christmas tree. Pirates least likely to have a live tree

By Staff

  • The Griswold family tree While a growing number of Icelanders cut down their own christmas trees, a shrinking portion has a live tree at all. Photo/City of Reykjavík.

According to a new poll by MMR the number of Icelanders who will have a live evergreen Christmas tree continues to shrink. Only 31.5% of Icelanders will have a live Christmas tree this Christmas. The share of Icelanders who will have a live Christmas tree has shrunk every year since 201, when 41.6% had a live Christmas tree.

At the same time the number of Icelanders who either won’t have a Christmas tree at all, or a fake tree, has increased. In 2010 only 8.8% of homes was not going to have any tree over Christmas. This year the figure has risen to 13.6%. The number of homes with fake trees has risen from 49.6% in 2010 to 54.9% this year.

Younger people and pensioners are less likely to have real Christmas trees, as are people with low incomes.  The choice of a Christmas tree also seems to have strong correlation with politics, as the voters of the Left-Green Alliance are by far the most likely to have real Christmas trees. 46.6% of the voters of the Left green alliance will have a live Christmas tree, while the voters of the Pirate party are least likely to have a live Christmas tree. Only 28.3% of Pirate party voters choosing a live tree. The voters of the centre-right Progressive party are most likely to have a fake Christmas tree, with 62.0% of Progressive party voters opting for a re-usable Christmas tree.

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