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Faroe Islands: Government

Country name
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Faroe Islands
local long form: none
local short form: Foroyar
Data code
FO
Dependency status
part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing
overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948
Government type
NA
Capital
Torshavn
Administrative divisions
none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark;
self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
Independence
none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing
overseas administrative division of Denmark)
National holiday
Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)
Constitution
5 June 1953 (Danish constitution)
Legal system
Danish
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972),
represented by High Commissioner Bente KLINTE, chief administrative
officer (since NA)
head of government: Prime Minister Anfinn KALLSBERG (since 9 May 1998)
cabinet: Landsstyri elected by the Faroese Parliament
elections: the monarch is hereditary; high commissioner appointed by
the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the party
that wins the most seats is usually elected prime minister by the
Faroese Parliament; election last held 30 April 1998 (next to be held
NA 2002)
election results: Anfinn KALLSBERG elected prime minister; percent of
parliamentary vote - NA
Legislative branch
unicameral Faroese Parliament or Logting (32
seats; members are elected by popular vote on a proportional basis
from the seven constituencies to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 30 April 1998 (next to be held by NA July 2002)
election results: percent of vote by party - Republican Party 23.8%,
People's Party 21.3%, Social Democratic Party 21.9%, Coalition Party
(Union Party, Labor Front, Home Rule Party) 18%; seats by party -
Republican Party 8, People's Party 8, Social Democratic Party 7,
Coalition Party 6, other parties 3
note: election of 2 seats to the Danish Parliament was last held on 11
March 1998 (next to be held by NA 2002); results - percent of vote by
party - NA; seats by party - Social Democratic Party 1, People's Party
1
Judicial branch
none
Political parties and leaders
Center Party ;
Christian People's Party ; Home Rule Party
; Labor Front ; People's Party [Oli
BRECKMANN]; Republican Party ; Social Democratic
Party ; The Faroese Party ;
Union Party
International organization participation
NC, NIB
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (self-governing overseas
administrative division of Denmark)
Diplomatic representation from the US
none (self-governing overseas
administrative division of Denmark)
Flag description
white with a red cross outlined in blue 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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