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Norway


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Kingdom of Norway

        conventional short form:
        Norway

        local long form:
        Kongeriket Norge

        local short form:
        Norge

    • Digraph:
      NO

    • 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

    • 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 Gro Harlem BRUNDTLAND (since 3 November 1990)

        cabinet:
        State Council; appointed by the king in accordance with the will of the Storting

    • Legislative branch:
      modified unicameral Parliament (Storting) which, for certain purposes, divides itself into two chambers

        Storting:
        elections last held 13 September 1993 (next to be held September 1997); results - Labor 37.1%, Center Party 18.5%, Conservatives 15.6%, Christian People's 8.4%, Socialist Left 7.9%, Progress 6%, Left Party 3.6%, Red Electoral Alliance 1.2%; seats - (165 total) Labor 67, Center Party 32, Consevatives 18, Christian People's 13, Socialist Left 13, Progress 10, Left Party 1, Red Electoral Alliance 1, unawarded 10

        note:
        for certain purposes, the Storting divides itself into two chambers and elects one-fourth of its membership to an upper house or Lagting

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (Hoyesterett)

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Labor Party, Thorbjorn JAGLUND; Conservative Party, Jan PETERSEN; Center Party, Anne ENGER LAHNSTEIN; Christian People's Party, Kjell Magne BONDEVIK; Socialist Left, Kjellbjorg LUNDE; Norwegian Communist, Kare Andre NILSEN; Progress Party, Carl I. HAGEN; Liberal, Odd Einar DORUM; Left Party; Red Electoral Alliance, Erling FOLKVORD

    • Member of:
      AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CCC, CE, CERN, EBRD, ECE, EFTA, ESA, FAO, GATT, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MTCR, NACC, NAM (guest), NATO, NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OECD, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNAVEM II, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNITAR, UNMOGIP, UNOMOZ, UNPROFOR, UNTSO, UPU, WEU (associate), WHO, WIPO, WMO, ZC

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Kjeld VIBE

        chancery:
        2720 34th Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 333-6000

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 337-0870

        consulate(s) general:
        Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco

        consulate(s):
        Miami

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Thomas A. LOFTUS

        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:
      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)






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