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    Sweden Government 1997

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

      Data code SW

      Government type constitutional monarchy

      National capital Stockholm

      Administrative divisions 24 provinces (lan, singular and plural); Alvsborgs Lan, Blekinge Lan,Gavleborgs Lan, Goteborgs och Bohus Lan, Gotlands Lan, Hallands Lan, JamtlandsLan, Jonkopings Lan, Kalmar Lan, Kopparbergs Lan, Kristianstads Lan, KronobergsLan, Malmohus Lan, Norrbottens Lan, Orebro Lan, Ostergotlands Lan, SkaraborgsLan, Sodermanlands Lan, Stockholms Lan, Uppsala Lan, Varmlands Lan, VasterbottensLan, Vasternorrlands Lan, Vastmanlands Lan

      Independence 6 June 1523, Gustav VASA was elected king; 6 June 1809, a constitutionalmonarchy was established

      National holiday Day of the Swedish Flag, 6 June

      Constitution 1 January 1975

      Legal system civil law system influenced by customary law; accepts compulsory ICJjurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: King CARL XVI GUSTAF (since 19 September 1973); Heir Apparent PrincessVICTORIA Ingrid Alice Desiree, daughter of the king (born 14 July 1977)
      head of government: Prime Minister Goran PERSSON (since 21 March 1996)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister
      elections: the king is a constitutional monarch; prime minister elected by theParliament; election last held NA March 1996 (next to be held NA 1998)
      election results : Goran PERSSON elected prime minister; percent of parliamentary vote- NA

      Legislative branch unicameral Parliament or Riksdag (349 seats; members are elected bypopular vote on a proportional representation basis to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 18 September 1994 (next to be held NA September 1998)
      election results: percent of vote by party - Social Democrats 45.4%, Moderate Party (Conservatives)22.3%, Center Party 7.7%, Liberals 7.2%, Left Party 6.2%, Greens 5.8%, ChristianDemocrats 4.1%, New Democracy Party 1.2%; seats by party - Social Democrats162, Moderate Party (Conservatives) 80, Center Party 27, Liberals 26, LeftParty 22, Greens 18, Christian Democrats 14; note - the New Democracy Partydid not receive a seat because parties require a minimum of 4.0% of votesfor a seat in parliament

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

      Political parties and leaders Social Democratic Party [Goran PERSSON]; Moderate Party (conservative)[Carl BILDT]; Liberal People's Party [Maria LEISSNER]; Center Party [OlofJOHANSSON]; Christian Democratic Party [Alf SVENSSON]; New Democracy Party[Vivianne FRANZEN]; Left Party or VP (Communist) [Gudrun SCHYMAN]; CommunistWorkers' Party [Rolf HAGEL]; Green Party [no formal leader but party spokespersonis Briger SCHLAUG]

      International organization participation AfDB, AG (observer), AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CCC, CE, CERN,EBRD, ECE, EIB, ESA, EU, FAO, G- 6, G- 8, G- 9, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO,ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat,Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MTCR, NACC (observer), NAM (guest),NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OECD, OSCE, PCA, PFP, UN, UN Security Council (temporary),UNAVEM III, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMOGIP, UNMOP,UNOMIG, UNPREDEP, UNTAES, UNTSO, UPU, WEU (observer), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO,WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Carl Henrik Sihver LILJEGREN
      chancery: 1501 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
      telephone: [1] (202) 467-2600
      FAX : [1] (202) 467-2699
      consulate(s) general: New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Thomas L. SIEBERT
      embassy: Strandvagen 101, S-115 89 Stockholm
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [46] (8) 783 53 00
      FAX : [46] (8) 661 19 64

      Flag description blue with a yellow cross that extends to the edges of the flag; thevertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of theDannebrog (Danish flag)

      NOTE: The information regarding Sweden on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sweden Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sweden Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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