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The President of Iceland called for banning pizza with pineapples. A year and a half later, he admitted that he “went too far”

According to him, one cannot violate the right to freedom of choice of toppings, but seafood pizza is still tastier.

Iceland’s President Gwyudni Youhannesson at a children’s football tournament. AP Photo

In February 2017, the President of Iceland, Gvudny Jouhannesson, was at the center of a perennial controversy: is it possible to put pineapples in pizza. He not only opposed, but also noted that he would gladly ban it at the legislative level if he could. After more than a year and a half, the president admitted that he had gone “too far” in his war against the filling, but he did not like Hawaiian pizza.

Youhannesson spoke about pizza with pineapples for the first time during a meeting with Akureyri schoolchildren. One of the high school students asked the president how he relates to such a stuffing, to which he received a firm answer: “I am fundamentally against this. If it was in my power, then I would ban pizza with pineapples all over the world. ”

The controversy over the Hawaiian pizza is an old joke on the Internet. Therefore, the words of Yohannesson were picked up by the media and users of social networks. The situation was aggravated by the love of Icelanders for pineapples: despite the cold climate, they are grown in special greenhouses in the country . Iceland was divided into two camps: some criticized the president for his position on Hawaiian pizza, while others supported him. For example, Smarie McCarthy, a member of the Icelandic parliament, in a conversation with Medusa, said : “Add pineapple to pizza”


“Politicians need more people like the President of Iceland”


“The President of Iceland is the hero we all need”


“Good work, President of Iceland: let’s ban pineapples in pizza”

“We have no prohibition”

February 22, the day after the meeting with schoolchildren, Youhannesson published in social networks his official position on the possible ban. He stated that he really likes pineapples, just not as a filling.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I don’t have the authority to make laws forbidding people to put pineapples in pizza. And I am glad that I do not have such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power, and I would not want to hold a position in which I could prohibit everything that I do not like.[/perfectpullquote]
Guyudni Youhannesson
president of iceland

The controversy ended there, but the president was repeatedly reminded of the words about the filling. In November 2018, Youhannesson, in an interview with the Canadian channel CBC, spoke for the first time in almost two years about Hawaiian pizza. According to him, he regrets that he told about the desire to ban pineapples in pizza, and has changed since then.

Youhannesson suggested that it might not be worthwhile in February 2017 to devote a separate presidential statement to this topic. “I respect the right to freedom of choice of stuffing. Then it went too far, ”he added. But the president didn’t like Hawaiian pizza, because when you add the filling, the pineapples “become too soft”.

As an ideal topping for Icelanders, Jouhannesson offered seafood.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]You know, Iceland is a nation of fishermen. And if everyone put seafood in pizza, it would be good.[/perfectpullquote]
Guyudni Youhannesson
president of iceland
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