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    Norway Government 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/norway/norway_government.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      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

      National 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 (born 20 July 1973)
      head of government: Prime Minister Kjell Magne BONDEVIK (since 15 October 1997)
      cabinet: State Council appointed by the king with the approval of the Parliament
      elections: none; the king is a hereditary monarch; following parliamentary elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the king 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; the 39-member Saami assembly has advisory functions on regional control of natural resources and decision-making capacity on matters relating to the preservation of the Saami culture

      Judicial branch Supreme Court or Hoyesterett, justices appointed by the king

      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 [Kjellbjoerg LUNDE]; Norwegian Communist [Kare Andre NILSEN]; Progress Party [Carl I. HAGEN]; Liberal [Odd Einar DORUM]; Left Party; Red Electoral Alliance [Erling FOLKVORD]

      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, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MONUA, MTCR, NAM (guest), NATO, NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OECD, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCRO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UNPREDEP, UNTSO, 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 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)

      NOTE: The information regarding Norway on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Norway Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Norway Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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