General information

My Neighborhood is a democracy project at the City of Reykjavík that takes place every two years. There, citizens have the opportunity to influence their immediate environment by coming up with ideas for new projects that will make our city better.

About the project

The project revolves around prioritizing funds for projects. Each neighborhood receives a fixed amount that is divided equally between neighborhoods, plus an additional amount that is determined based on the number of residents in each neighborhood.

How is the process?

The process of the project is divided into collection of ideas, review of ideas, ballot line up, electronic voting and finally implementation of projects. The goal is to mobilize the public to participate in democratic debate and decision-making.

Collection of ideas

Reykjavík residents are asked to submit projects to be voted on in the district voting of My Neighborhood. The idea collection lasts a few weeks and is well advertised through Reykjavík City’s media channels. 

There are a number of things you can do to increase your idea’s chances of advancing to the vote. The best ideas involve City improvements and novel creations in the districts. This is not about finding suggestions for fixing something old. 

Review of ideas

Ideas are reviewed after they are collected. A committee from the City reviews all proposals to ensure alignment with the project rules. Of those ideas, 15 of the most popular ideas in each district will automatically move forward. The district’s residents’ council then selects 10 more ideas.  

When evaluating ideas, project staff consider all means of implementing ideas so that they comply with the project rules and can be added to the vote. In some cases, idea creators are contacted to further clarify or modify an idea so that it meets the rules of the project. 

Electronic voting

The vote is between 25 ideas in each district. The voting takes place on a website where the user authenticates securely (using an IceKey or electronic ID). Participation is open to anyone turning 15 and older in the year of voting who has legal domicile in Reykjavík.