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Svalbard (territory of Norway) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Svalbard (sometimes referred to as Spitzbergen)

    Data code: SV

    Dependency status: territory of Norway; administered by the Ministry of Industry, Oslo, through a governor (sysselmann) residing in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; by treaty (9 February 1920) sovereignty was given to Norway

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Longyearbyen

    Independence: none (territory of Norway)

    National holiday: NA

    Legal system: NA

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: King HARALD V of Norway (since 17 January 1991)
    head of government: Governor Ann-Kristin OLSEN (since NA) and Assistant Governor Jan-Atle HANSEN (since NA September 1993)
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor and assistant governor responsible to the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice

    International organization participation: none

    Flag description: the flag of Norway is used

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