Faroe Islands Government

What is the capital of Faroe Islands?

Country Name Faroe Islands
Full Country Name none
Local - Long none
Local - Short Foroyar
Etymology- history of name the archipelago's name may derive from the Old Norse word "faer," meaning sheep
Government Type parliamentary democracy (Faroese Parliament); part of the Kingdom of Denmark
Capital Name Torshavn
Capital - geographic coordinate 62 00 N, 6 46 W
Capital Time Difference UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Daylight Savings Time +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Independence none (part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
National Holiday Olaifest (Olavsoka) (commemorates the death in battle of King Olaf II of Norway, later St. Olaf), 29 July (1030)
Constitution history: 5 June 1953 (Danish Constitution), 23 March 1948 (Home Rule Act), and 24 June 2005 (Takeover Act) serve as the Faroe Islands constitutional position in the Unity of the Realm

amendments: see entry for Denmark
Dependency Status part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948

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Faroe Islands Government and Politics

Who is the president of Faroe Islands?

Executive Branch: chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark (since 14 January 1972), represented by High Commissioner Lene Moyell JOHANSEN, chief administrative officer (since 15 May 2017)

head of government: Prime Minister Bardhur A STEIG NIELSEN (since 16 September 2019)

cabinet: Landsstyri appointed by the prime minister

elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; high commissioner appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition usually elected prime minister by the Faroese Parliament; election last held on 31 August 2019 (next to be held in 2023)

election results: Bardhur A STEIGNIELSEN elected prime minister; Parliament vote - NA
Citizenship Criteria: see Denmark
Legal System: the laws of Denmark, where applicable, apply
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Legislative Branch: description: unicameral Faroese Parliament or Logting (33 seats; members directly elected in a single nationwide constituency by proportional representation vote; members serve 4-year terms)





elections: last held on 1 September 2015 (next to be held no later than October 2019)





election results: percent of vote by party - JF 25.1%, Republic 20.7%, People's Party, 18.9%, Union Party 18.7%, Progressive Party 7%, Center Party 5.5%, Self-Government Party 4.1%; seats by party - JF 8, Republic 7, People's Party 6, Union Party 6, Center Party 2, Progressive Party 2, Self-Government Party 2





note: election for 2 seats in the Danish Parliament was last held on 18 June 2015 (next to be held no later than June 2019); percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Social Democratic Party 1, Republican Party 1
Judicial Branch: highest court(s): Faroese Court or Raett (Rett - Danish) decides both civil and criminal cases; the Court is part of the Danish legal system

subordinate courts: Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif; Mixed Commercial Court; Land Court
Regions or States: part of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark; there are 29 first-order municipalities (kommunur, singular - kommuna) Eidhis, Eystur, Famjins, Fuglafjardhar, Fugloyar, Hovs, Husavikar, Hvalbiar, Hvannasunds, Klaksvikar, Kunoyar, Kvivik, Nes, Porkeris, Runavikar, Sands, Sjovar, Skalavikar, Skopunar, Skuvoyar, Sorvags, Sumbiar, Sunda, Torshavnar, Tvoroyrar, Vaga, Vags, Vestmanna, Vidhareidhis
Political Parties and Leaders: Center Party (Midflokkurin) [Jenis av RANA]

New Self-Government Party (Nytt Sjalvstyri) [Jogvan SKORHEIM] (formerly Self-Government Party) (Sjalvstyrisflokkurin)

People's Party (Folkaflokkurin) [Jorgen NICLASEN]

Progressive Party (Framsokn) [Poul MICHELSEN]

Republic (Tjodveldi) [Hogni HOYDAL] (formerly the Republican Party)

Social Democratic Party (Javnadarflokkurin) or JF [Aksel V. JOHANNESEN]

Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin) [Bardur a STEIG NIELSEN]
International Organization Participation: Arctic Council, IMO (associate), NC, NIB, UNESCO (associate), UPU
Diplomatic Representation in the US: none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
Diplomatic Representation from US: none (self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark)
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