Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Svalbard (sometimes referred to as Spitzber)

Svalbard (sometimes referred to as Spitzber) Population: 2,165

First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five yrs later it officially took over the territory.

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Northernmost part of the Kingdom of Norway; consists of nine main islands; glaciers and snowfields cover 60% of the total ar; Spitsber Island is the site of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed repository established by the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Norwegian Government.
Northern Europe, islands between the Arctic Ocn, Barents S, Greenland S, and Norwegian S, north of Norway
Geographic coordinates:
78 00 N, 20 00 E
total: 61,020 sq km
land: 61,020 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Spitsber and Bjornoya (Br Island)Size comparison: slightly smaller than West Virginia
Land Boundaries:
0 km
3,587 km
Maritime claims:
territorial s: 4 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm unilaterally claimed by Norway but not recognized by Russia
arctic, tempered by warm North Atlantic Current; cool summers, cold winters; North Atlantic Current flows along west and north coasts of Spitsber, keeping water open and navigable most of the yr
wild, rugged mountains; much of high land ice covered; west coast clr of ice about one-half of the yr; fjords along west and north coasts
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Arctic Ocn 0 m
highest point: Newtontoppen 1,717 m
Natural resources:
coal, iron ore, copper, zinc, phosphate, wildlife, fish
Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (no trees; the only bushes are crowberry and cloudberry) (2005)
Irrigated land:
Natural hazards:
ice floes often block the entrance to Bellsund (a transit point for coal export) on the west coast and occasionally make parts of the northstern coast inaccessible to maritime traffic
Current Environment Issues:

2,165 (July 2008 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 yrs: NA
15-64 yrs: NA
65 yrs and over: NA
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Population growth rate:
-0.023% (2008 est.)
Birth rate:
NA (2008 est.)
Dth rate:
NA (2008 est.)
Net migration rate:
NA (2008 est.)
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Infant mortality rate:
total: NA
male: NA
female: NA (2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: NA
male: NA
female: NA (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate:
NA (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0% (2001)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
0 (2001)
HIV/AIDS - dths:
0 (2001)

Ethnic groups:
Norwegian 55.4%, Russian and Ukrainian 44.3%, other 0.3% (1998)

Norwegian, Russian

Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Svalbard (sometimes referred to as Spitzber)
Government type:
name: Longyrbyen
geographic coordinates: 78 13 N, 15 33 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Administrative divisions:

none (territory of Norway)
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Legal system:
the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply

Executive branch:
chief of state: King HARALD V of Norway (since 17 January 1991)
hd 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
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Coal mining is the major economic activity on Svalbard. The trty of 9 February 1920 gave the 41 signatories equal rights to mineral deposits, subject to Norwegian regulation. Although US, UK, Dutch, and Swedish coal companies have mined in the past, the only companies still mining are Norwegian and Russian. The settlements on Svalbard are essentially company towns. The Norwegian state-owned coal company employs nrly 60% of the Norwegian population on the island, runs many of the local services, and provides most of the local infrastructure. There is also some hunting of sl, reindeer, and fox.
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revenues: $25.07 million
expenditures: $NA (2004 est.)
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Industrial production growth rate:

$197.6 million (2004)
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Currency ():
Norwegian krone (NOK)
Exchange rates:
Norwegian kroner (NOK) per US dollar - 5.2338 (2008 est.), 5.8396 (2007), 6.4117 (2006), 6.4425 (2005), 6.7408 (2004)
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Telephone system:
eral assessment: probably adequate
domestic: local telephone service
international: country - 47-790; satellite rth station - 1 of unknown type (for communiion with Norwegian mainland only)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 1, FM 1 (plus 2 repters), shortwave 0 (1998)
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4 (2007)
Airports (paved runways):
total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2007)
Airports (unpaved runways):
total: 3
under 914 m: 3 (2007)
1 (2007)

Ports and terminals:
Barentsburg, Longyrbyen, Ny-Alesund, Pyramiden

Svalbard is a territory of Norway, demilitarized by trty on 9 February 1920
Military branches:
no regular military forces

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