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The Governor of Svalbard

The Governor's office is at Skjæringa in Longyearbyen.
The Governor's office is at Skjæringa in Longyearbyen.

Svalbard is a part of Norway and the Governor is the Norwegian Government's highest ranking representative on the archipelago. The Governor's duty is to implement Norwegian Svalbard policy, to safeguard Norway's rights and obligations according to the Svalbard Treaty and to be a policy advisor for the autorities' development of Norwegian Svalbard politics.

The office of the Governor of Svalbard has a staff of 37, working for a set number of years in any one of three departments, which are all headed by the Governor himself: the Environmental Department, the Police Department, the Administrative Department and a Staff Section. During summer, the staff is reinforced by additional police officers, field inspectors and cultural heritage experts.

Subordinate to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security

Administratively the Governor is subordinate to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, but the office carries out tasks for a number of other ministries as well, for instance the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Organisation

 

 

 

The Governor's tasks

The Governor of Svalbard is both Chief of Police and has the same authority as a County Governor on the mainland. The office consists of an Environmental Department, a Police Department, an Administrative Department and a Staff Section. The Governor and Vice Governor represent the public prosecuting authority.

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The current Governor

Kjerstin Askholt is Governor of Svalbard. She came into office on October 1 2015. Then she came from the position as director of the Polar Affairs Department in The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, a position she has had since 2003.

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Contact us

Postal address:

Sysselmannen på Svalbard

Postboks 633

NO-9171 Longyearbyen

Norway

Visiting address: Vei 309-6

 

Telephone:

+ 47 79 02 43 00 (weekdays from 8.30 AM - 3.30 PM)

 

Telephone to police officer on call:

+ 47 79 02 12 22

  

Telephone to emergency line:

112

 

Fax:

+47 79 02 11 66

 

E-mail:

Firmapost@sysselmannen.no

 

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday, 8.30 AM-3.30 PM

 

The Seat of the Governor of Svalbard is at Skjæringa in Longyearbyen. If you arrive in person, the reception will tend to your enquiries. If you wish to speak to a public servant we will try to arrange that. However, it is a good idea to make appointments with public servants in advance.

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