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23/06/930

Oldest surviving parliament in the world formed in Iceland

The Alþingi is Iceland's national parliament. On this day in history in 930, the oldest surviving parliament to still exist today was founded at Þingvellir, which is 45 kilometres east of the capital Reykjavík. It was founded as an outdoor parliament, with assemblies held on the plains.

The Althing continued to meet at Thingvellir from c. 930 to 1798, but it was abolished by decree of the Danish crown in 1800. However, the Althing reconvened in Reykjavík in 1845,

The Alþingishús, the current parliament building was built in 1881.

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