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Country name: conventional long form:  The Holy See (State of the Vatican City)

conventional short form:  Holy See (Vatican City)

local long form:  Santa Sede (Stato della Citta del Vaticano)

local short form:  Santa Sede (Citta del Vaticano)
Government type: ecclesiastical
Capital: Vatican City
Independence: 11 February 1929 (from Italy)
National holiday: Coronation Day of Pope JOHN PAUL II, 22 October (1978)
Constitution: Apostolic Constitution of 1967 (effective 1 March 1968)
Legal system: NA
Suffrage: limited to cardinals less than 80 years old
Executive branch: chief of state:  Pope JOHN PAUL II (since 16 October 1978)

head of government:  Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo SODANO (since 2 December 1990)

cabinet:  Pontifical Commission appointed by the pope

elections:  pope elected for life by the College of Cardinals; election last held 16 October 1978 (next to be held after the death of the current pope); secretary of state appointed by the pope

election results:  Karol WOJTYLA elected pope
Legislative branch: unicameral Pontifical Commission
Judicial branch: none; normally handled by Italy
Political parties and leaders: none
Political pressure groups and leaders: none (exclusive of influence exercised by church officers)
International organization participation: CE (observer), IAEA, ICFTU, Intelsat, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM (guest), OAS (observer), OPCW, OSCE, UN (observer), UNCTAD, UNHCR, UPU, WHO (observer), WIPO, WToO (observer), WTrO (observer)
Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission:  Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele MONTALVO

chancery:  3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

telephone:  [1] (202) 333-7121
Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission:  Ambassador (vacant)

embassy:  Villa Domiziana, Via delle Terme Deciane 26, 00162 Rome

mailing address:  PSC 59, Box F, APO AE 09624

telephone:  [39] (06) 4674-3428

FAX:  [39] (06) 5758346
Flag description: two vertical bands of yellow (hoist side) and white with the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the papal miter centered in the white band


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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