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Björk's voting habits might not be what you'd expect

13 December 2016, 08:23 | Written by Laurence Day

Björk has revealed how she votes in a new, wide-ranging interview with Iceland Magazine.

"I have always cast a blank vote in politics," the Icelandic icon tells the mag. "I have never supported a specific political party, even when my friends ran for the Best Party, I didn‘t support them politically. Except as a friend, just as they have supported me as friends. But never publicly, or through financial means."

Continuing, Björk explains that her focus is on the environment and nature: "I've spent the last sixteen years trying to remind my fellow countrymen that we own this amazing untouched wilderness, and it won‘t get protected on its own. And people need to take a stand on this issue."

"I regularly get these anxiety attacks," Björk adds, explaining her fear that her own activism deters others from pitching in. "Perhaps people are just thinking Björk‘s on is this, so I don‘t really need to do anything. Because it‘s so extremely important that everyone takes a stand and take responsibility for our environment. Not least because of the changes to our climate. Once we thought we had half a century to change our energy sources, but we really only have eight years. If we want our grandchildren to have a chance to live here on earth, we must all become active and fight for the environment."

Read the full interview on where Björk discusses feminism, grief, technology, and much more.

The above photo, by Sebastien Dehesdin, is from Björk's 2015 press conference where she asked for help to protect the Icelandic landscape.

“I’m not forcing my views on Icelanders," Björk told journalists at the time. “I know 80 percent of Icelanders [support] this. I”ve decided to put all my energy into Iceland and all my time away from my music I’ve put into this battle. I can be more valuable here in Iceland and get more done than… if I were to fly around the world and fight global warming.”

Find out more about the issues facing Iceland's wilderness at
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