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Svalbard:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Svalbard (sometimes referred to as Spitzbergen)
Dependency status
Definition
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
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: Longyearbyen
geographic coordinates: 78 13 N, 15 33 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Independence
Definition
none (territory of Norway)
Legal system
Definition
the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: King HARALD V of Norway (since 17 January 1991)
head of government: Governor Per SEFLAND (since 1 October 2005); Assistant Governor Rune Baard HANSEN (since 2003)
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor and assistant governor responsible to the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
NA
International organization participation
Definition
none
Flag description
Definition
the flag of Norway is used


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