Kingdom of Norway
Political Status: Constitutional monarchy established in 1905; under multiparty parliamentary system.
Area: 149,282 sq. mi. (386,641 sq. km), including Svalbard and Jan Mayen (see Related Territories).
Population: 5,002,619 (2014E—UN); 5,147,792 (2014E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2013E): OSLO (623,966), Bergen (267,950), Trondheim (179,692), Stavanger (129,191).
Official Language: Norwegian.
Monetary Unit: Krone (official rate October 1, 2014: 6.45 kroner = $1US).
Sovereign: King HARALD V; succeeded to the throne January 17, 1991, upon the death of his father, King OLAV V.
Heir to the Throne: Crown Prince HAAKON Magnus, son of the king.
Prime Minister: Erna SOLBERG (Conservative Party); appointed by the king on October 16, 2013, succeeding Jens STOLTENBERG (Norwegian Labor Party), who had submitted his resignation on the same day, following the election of September 9.
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