The Luxembourg Pirate Party was founded in October 2009 by about 20 people in Luxembourg City. Almost 10 years later, the 2018 election saw them gaining two seats in parliament.
Party president Sven Clement, who ran in the centre constituency, received over 8,000 votes. Overall, the "pirates" secured more than 59,500 votes - the equivalent of one seat - in the centre constituency alone.
The Pirate Party raked in an additional seat in the southern constituency, where,they received about 126,800 votes and leading candidate Marc Goergen was close to hitting the 10,000 vote mark.
The Pirate Party is a grassroots movement that stands for improved data protection, more government transparency and free access to information and education. In a year marked by Facebook data security blunders, Cambridge Analytica data mining and even the "Chamberleaks" affair in Luxembourg, it is not hard to see why this party did so well during the election.
When the Pirate Party first appeared on the ballot in 2013 they received about total 96,000 votes, or 3% of the electorate. Five years later, they managed to more than double these results. 6% of the electorate voted for Pirate Party candidates.
Political scientist Michel Dormal said that the Pirate Party appeals to a lot of young voters, who want to express their dissent to some of the more established parties.