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    Sweden Government - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/sweden/sweden_government.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name: conventional long form: Kingdom of Sweden
      conventional short form: Sweden
      local short form: Sverige
      local long form: Konungariket Sverige


      Government type: constitutional monarchy


      Capital: Stockholm


      Administrative divisions: 21 counties (lan, singular and plural); Blekinge, Dalarnas, Gavleborgs, Gotlands, Hallands, Jamtlands, Jonkopings, Kalmar, Kronobergs, Norrbottens, Orebro, Ostergotlands, Skane, Sodermanlands, Stockholms, Uppsala, Varmlands, Vasterbottens, Vasternorrlands, Vastmanlands, Vastra Gotalands


      Independence: 6 June 1523 (Gustav VASA elected king)


      National holiday: Flag Day, 6 June


      Constitution: 1 January 1975


      Legal system: civil law system influenced by customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations


      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal


      Executive branch: chief of state: King CARL XVI GUSTAF (since 19 September 1973); Heir Apparent Princess VICTORIA Ingrid Alice Desiree, daughter of the monarch (born 14 July 1977)
      head of government: Prime Minister Goran PERSSON (since 21 March 1996)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister
      elections: the monarchy is hereditary; following legislative elections, the prime minister is elected by the Parliament; election last held 15 September 2002 (next to be held NA September 2006)
      election results: Goran PERSSON reelected prime minister with 131 out of 349 votes


      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament or Riksdag (349 seats; members are elected by popular vote on a proportional representation basis to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 15 September 2002 (next to be held NA September 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - Social Democrats 39.8%, Moderates 15.2%, Liberal Party 13.3%, Christian Democrats 9.1%, Left Party 8.3%, Center Party 6.1%, Greens 4.6%; seats by party - Social Democrats 144, Moderates 55, Liberal Party 48, Christian Democrats 33, Left Party 30, Center Party 22, Greens 17


      Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Hogsta Domstolen (judges are appointed by the prime minister and the cabinet)


      Political parties and leaders: Center Party [Maud OLOFSSON]; Christian Democratic Party [Alf SVENSSON]; Green Party [no formal leader but party spokespersons are Maria WETTERSTRAND and Peter ERIKSSON]; Left Party or VP (formerly Communist) [Ulla HOFFMAN and Ingrid BURMAN]; Liberal People's Party [Lars LEIJONBORG]; Moderate Party (conservative) [Bo LUNDGREN]; Social Democratic Party [Goran PERSSON]


      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA


      International organization participation: AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EIB, ESA, EU, FAO, G- 6, G- 9, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MONUC, NAM (guest), NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, UN, UNAMSIL, UNCTAD, UNDOF, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNITAR, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMISET, UNMOGIP, UNOMIG, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WEU (observer), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO, ZC


      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Jan ELIASSON
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles and New York
      FAX: [1] (202) 467-2699
      telephone: [1] (202) 467-2600
      chancery: 1501 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-1702


      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Charles A. HEIMBOLD, Jr.
      embassy: Dag Hammarskjolds VAG 31, SE-11589 Stockholm
      mailing address: American Embassy Stockholm, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-5750 (pouch)
      telephone: [46] (08) 783 53 00
      FAX: [46] (08) 661 19 64


      Flag description: blue with a golden yellow cross extending 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)


      NOTE: The information regarding Sweden 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 Sweden Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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    Revised 20-Sep-03
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