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Norway Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Kingdom of Norway
    conventional short form: Norway
    local long form: Kongeriket Norge
    local short form: Norge

    Data code: NO

    Government type: constitutional monarchy

    Capital: Oslo

    Administrative divisions: 19 provinces (fylker, singular—fylke); Akershus, Aust-Agder, Buskerud, Finnmark, Hedmark, Hordaland, More og Romsdal, Nordland, Nord-Trondelag, Oppland, Oslo, Ostfold, Rogaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Sor-Trondelag, Telemark, Troms, Vest-Agder, Vestfold

    Dependent areas: Bouvet Island, Jan Mayen, Svalbard

    Independence: 26 October 1905 (from Sweden)

    National holiday: Constitution Day, 17 May (1814)

    Constitution: 17 May 1814, modified in 1884

    Legal system: mixture of customary law, civil law system, and common law traditions; Supreme Court renders advisory opinions to legislature when asked; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: King HARALD V (since 17 January 1991); Heir Apparent Crown Prince HAAKON MAGNUS, son of the monarch (born 20 July 1973)
    head of government: Prime Minister Kjell Magne BONDEVIK (since 15 October 1997)
    cabinet: State Council appointed by the monarch with the approval of the Parliament
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; following parliamentary elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the monarch with the approval of the Parliament

    Legislative branch: modified unicameral Parliament or Storting which, for certain purposes, divides itself into two chambers (165 seats; members are elected by popular vote by proportional representation to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 15 September 1997 (next to be held NA September 2001)
    election results: percent of vote by party—Labor 35%, Center Party 7.9%, Conservatives 14.3%, Christian People's 13.7%, Socialist Left 6%, Progress 15.3%, Liberal Party 4.4%, other parties 1.6%; seats by party—Labor 65, Center Party 11, Conservatives 23, Christian People's 25, Socialist Left 9, Progress 25, Liberal Party 6, other parties 1
    note: for certain purposes, the Parliament divides itself into two chambers and elects one-fourth of its membership to an upper house or Lagting

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Hoyesterett, justices appointed by the monarch

    Political parties and leaders: Labor Party [Thorbjorn JAGLAND]; Conservative Party [Jan PETERSEN]; Center Party [Anne ENGER LAHNSTEIN]; Christian People's Party [Valgerd HAUGLAND]; Socialist Left Party [Kristin HALVORSEN]; Norwegian Communist Party [Kare Andre NILSEN]; Progress Party [Carl I. HAGEN]; Liberal Party [Lars SPONHEIM]; Red Electoral Alliance [Aslak Sira MYHRE]

    International organization participation: AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CCC, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EFTA, ESA, FAO, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MONUA, MTCR, NAM (guest), NATO, NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UNPREDEP, UPU, WEU (associate), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO, ZC

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Tom Erik VRAALSON
    chancery: 2720 34th Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 333-6000
    FAX: [1] (202) 337-0870
    consulate(s) general: Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador David B. HERMELIN
    embassy: Drammensveien 18, 0244 Oslo
    mailing address: PSC 69, Box 1000, APO AE 09707
    telephone: [47] (22) 44 85 50
    FAX: [47] (22) 44 33 63

    Flag description: red with a blue cross outlined in white 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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