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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Faroe Islands
local long form: none
local short form: Foroyar
Dependency status
Definition
part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948
Government type
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: Torshavn
geographic coordinates: 62 01 N, 6 46 W
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 34 municipalities
Independence
Definition
none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
National holiday
Definition
Olaifest (Olavasoka), 29 July
Constitution
Definition
5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)
Legal system
Definition
the laws of Denmark, where applicable, apply
Suffrage
Definition
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Birgit KLEIS, chief administrative officer (since 1 November 2001)
head of government: Prime Minister Joannes EIDESGAARD (since 3 February 2004)
cabinet: Landsstyri appointed by the prime minister
elections: the monarch is hereditary; high commissioner appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually elected prime minister by the Faroese Parliament; election last held 20 January 2004 (next to be held no later than January 2008)
election results: Joannes EIDESGAARD elected prime minister; percent of parliamentary vote - NA
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral Faroese Parliament or Logting (33 seats; members are elected by popular vote on a proportional basis from the seven constituencies to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 19 January 2008 (next to be held no later than January 2012)
election results: percent of vote by party - Union Party 21%, Social Democratic Party 19.4%, Republican Party 23.3%, People's Party 20.1%, Center Party 8.4%, Self-Government Party 7.2%, other 0.6%; seats by party - Republican Party 8, Union Party 7, Social Democratic Party 6, People's Party 7, Center Party 3, Independence Party 2
note: election of two seats to the Danish Parliament was last held on 13 November 2007 (next to be held no later than November 2011); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Republican Party 1, Union Party 1
Judicial branch
Definition
none
Political parties and leaders
Definition
Center Party [Jenis A. RANA]; Independence Party [Kari P. HOJGAARD]; People's Party [Jorgen NICLASEN]; Republican Party [Hogni HOYDAL]; Social Democratic Party [Joannes EIDESGAARD]; Union Party [Kaj Leo JOHANNESEN]
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
Sea Shepard [Paul WATSON] (preservation of small whales)
other: conservationists
International organization participation
Definition
Arctic Council, IMO (associate), NC, NIB, UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
Flag description
Definition
white with a red cross outlined in blue extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted toward the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag)


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