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Svalbard Government 2009
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SOURCE: 2009 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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Svalbard Government 2009
SOURCE: 2009 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK


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

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

Government type:
NA

Capital:
name: Longyearbyen
geographic coordinates: 78 13 N, 15 33 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Independence:
none (territory of Norway)

Legal system:
the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply

Executive branch:
chief of state: King HARALD V of Norway (since 17 January 1991)
head of government: Governor Per SEFLAND (since 1 October 2005); Assistant Governor Rune Baard HANSEN (since 2003)
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor and assistant governor responsible to the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice

Political pressure groups and leaders:
NA

International organization participation:
none

Flag description:
the flag of Norway is used


NOTE: The information regarding Svalbard on this page is re-published from the 2009 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Svalbard Government 2009 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Svalbard Government 2009 should be addressed to the CIA.






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