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Faroe Islands


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Faroe Islands

        local long form:
        none

        local short form:
        Foroyar

    • Digraph:
      FO

    • Type:
      part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark

    • Capital:
      Torshavn

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    • Independence:
      none (part of the Danish realm; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    • National holiday:
      Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)

    • Constitution:
      5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)

    • Legal system:
      Danish

    • Suffrage:
      20 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Bent KLINTE (since NA)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Edmund JOENSEN (since 15 September 1994)

        cabinet:
        Landsstyri; elected by the local legislature

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        Faroese Parliament (Logting):
        elections last held 8 July 1994 (next to be held by July 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (32 total) Liberal Party 8, People's Party 6, Social Democrats 5, Republicans 4, Workers' Party 3, Christian Democrats 2, Center Party 2, Home Rule Party 2

        Danish Parliament:
        elections last held on 21 September 1994 (next to be held by September 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (2 total) Liberals 2

    • Judicial branch:
      none

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Social Democratic Party, Marita PETERSEN; Workers Front, Oli JACOBSEN; Home Rule Party, Helena Dam A NEYSTABOE; The 'Coalition Party', Edmund JOENSEN; Republican Party, Finnbogir ESAKSON; Centrist Party, Tordur NICLASEN; Christian People's Party, Niels Pauli DANIELSEN; People's Party, Arnfinn KALLSBERG; Liberal Party; Christian Democratic Party

    • Member of:
      none

    • Diplomatic representation in US:
      none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    • US diplomatic representation:
      none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)

    • Flag:
      white with a red cross outlined in blue 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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