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    Norway Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Kingdom of Norway

      Type: constitutional monarchy

      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

      Independence: 26 October 1905 (from Sweden)

      Constitution: 17 May 1814, modified in 1884

      Dependent areas: Bouvet Island, Jan Mayen, Svalbard

      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

      National holiday: Constitution Day, 17 May (1814)

      Branches: legislative authority rests jointly with crown and parliament (Storting--Lagting, upper house; Odelsting, lower house); executive power vested in crown but exercised by Cabinet responsible to parliament; Supreme Court, five superior courts, 104 lower courts

      Leaders: @m5Chief of State--King OLAV V (since 21 September 1957); Heir Apparent Crown Prince HARALD (born 21 February 1937); @m5Head of Government--Prime Minister Gro Harlem BRUNDTLAND (since 9 May 1986, served a previous term from 30 January to 31 October 1981)

      Suffrage: universal at age 18 but not compulsory

      Elections: held every four years (next in 1989)

      Political parties and leaders: Labor, Gro Harlem Brundtland; Conservative, Jan Syse; Center, Johan J. Jakobsen; Christian People's, Kjell Magne Bondevik; Liberal, Arne Fjortoft; Socialist Left, Eric Solheim; Norwegian Communist, Hans I. Kleven; Progressive, Carl I. Hagen

      Voting strength: (1985 election) Labor 40.8%, Conservative 30.4%, Christian People's 8.3%, Center 6.6%, Socialist Left (Socialist Electoral Alliance) 5.5%, Progressive 3.7%, Liberal 3.1%, Red Electoral Alliance 0.6%, Liberal People's Party (antitax) 0.5%, Norwegian Communist 0.2%, other 0.4%

      Communists: 15,500 est.; 5,500 Norwegian Communist Party (NKP); 10,000 Workers Communist Party Marxist-Leninist (AKP-ML, pro-Chinese)

      Member of: ADB, CCC, Council of Europe, DAC, EC (Free Trade Agreement), EFTA, ESA, FAO, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAC, ICAO, ICES, ICO, IDA, IEA (associate member), IFAD, IFC, IHO, ILO, ILZSG, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IPU, ITU, IWC--International Whaling Commission, IWC--International Wheat Council, NATO, Nordic Council, OECD, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WSG

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Kjell ELIASSEN; Chancery at 2720 34th Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 333-6000; there are Nowegian Consulates General in Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco, and Consulates in Miami and New Orleans; US--Ambassador Robert D. STUART, Jr.; Embassy at Drammensveien 18, Oslo 2 (mailing address is APO New York 09085); telephone �47�(2)44-85-50

      Flag: 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 @m5Dannebrog (Danish flag)

      NOTE: The information regarding Norway on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Norway Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Norway Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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