Iceland president's wish to ban pineapple pizza toppings sparks online debate

President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson delivering a speech during the presentation of The National Gift - The Complete Sagas of Icelanders in the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Jan 24, 2017.
President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson delivering a speech during the presentation of The National Gift - The Complete Sagas of Icelanders in the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Jan 24, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

The president of Iceland has been forced to defend his views on pineapple pizza toppings, after his words ignited a heated discussion in his home and on social media.

President Guoni Th. Johannesson was answering questions from students at a high school in northern Iceland last week when he expressed a fundamental opposition to pineapples on pizzas, reported The Guardian.

He even said that he would ban the topping if he had the power.

People were divided over the matter, with some Twitter users wishing to move to Iceland or having Mr Johannesson as their country's president.

Others were vehemently opposed to the idea, with one user saying that he would never visit Iceland.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Feb 21), Mr Johannesson insisted that he likes pineapples, "just not on pizza".

"I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power," he wrote.

"Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country."

Mr Johannesson capped off the post by recommending seafood as a pizza topping.