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    Svalbard Government - 2003

      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: 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 Odd Redar HUMLEGAARD (since NA)
      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

      NOTE: The information regarding Svalbard on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Svalbard Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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