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    Svalbard (territory of Norway) Government 2000

      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 Morten RUUD (since NA November 1998) and Assistant Governor Rune Baard HANSEN (since NA 1996)
      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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