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Faroe Islands (part of the Kingdom of Denmark) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Faroe Islands
    local long form: none
    local short form: Foroyar

    Data code: FO

    Dependency status: part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Torshavn

    Administrative divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    National holiday: Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)

    Constitution: 5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)

    Legal system: Danish

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Bente KLINTE, chief administrative officer (since NA)
    head of government: Prime Minister Anfinn KALLSBERG (since 9 May 1998)
    cabinet: Landsstyri elected by the Faroese Parliament
    elections: the monarch is hereditary; high commissioner appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the party that wins the most seats is usually elected prime minister by the Faroese Parliament; election last held 30 April 1998 (next to be held NA 2002)
    election results: Anfinn KALLSBERG elected prime minister; percent of parliamentary vote—NA

    Legislative branch: unicameral Faroese Parliament or Logting (32 seats; members are elected by popular vote on a proportional basis from the seven constituencies to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 30 April 1998 (next to be held by NA July 2002)
    election results: percent of vote by party—Republicans 23.8%, People's Party 21.3%, Social Democrats 21.9%, Coalition Party (Union Party, Labor Front, Home Rule Party) 15%; seats by party—Republicans 8, People's Party 8, Social Democrats 7, Coalition Party 6, other parties 3
    note: election of 2 seats to the Danish Parliament was last held on 11 March 1998 (next to be held by NA 2002); results—percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—Social Democrats 1, Conservatives 1

    Judicial branch: none

    Political parties and leaders: Social Democratic Party [Joannes EIDESGAARD]; Workers' Party [Alis JACOBSEN]; Home Rule Party [Helena Dam A. NEYSTABO]; Unionist Party [Edmund JOENSEN]; Republican Party [Heini O. HEINESEN]; Center Party [Tordur NICLASEN]; Christian People's Party [Niels Pauli DANIELSEN]; People's Party [Arnfinn KALLSBERG]

    International organization participation: NC, NIB

    Diplomatic representation in the US: none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    Diplomatic representation from the US: none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    Flag description: white with a red cross outlined in blue that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag)

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