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Political System

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Government, Parliament, Constitution and other information about the political system.   

Austria is a parliamentary republic, founded on democratic principles and the separation of powers. The highest state representative is the Federal President, whose term of office lasts for 6 years. The two parliamentary chambers are the National Council (lower house) and the Federal Council (upper house) and these are the legislative bodies. The Federal Chancellor is the head of the Federal Government.

Constitutional Basis

The Federal Constitution, the State Treaty, the Declaration of Neutrality and the EU Accession Agreement form the constitutional basis of the Republic. Austria has been a member of the European Union since 1st January 1995.

National Council

Five parties are currently represented in the National Council: The two ruling parties are the Austrian People's Party and the Austrian Freedom Party.  The other parliamentary parties are Austrian Social Democratic Party, NEOS and PILZ. 

Distribution of Mandates

ÖVP (Austrian People's Party) 58 Mandates
SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria) 52 Mandates
FPÖ (Austrian Freedom Party) 51 Mandates
NEOS 10 Mandates
PILZ 8 Mandates

Austria is currently ruled by a grand coalition of the People's Party and the Freedom Party. In line with the constitution, the next general election is due in 2022.

Federal Provinces

Austria is a federation made up of nine federal provinces. The federal capital city, Vienna, is also one of the nine federal provinces in its own right. Each of the nine provinces is led by a provincial government, headed by a Governor.

Federal ProvinceCapital Cities of the Provinces
ViennaVienna
StyriaGraz
Upper AustriaLinz 
SalzburgSalzburg
TyrolInnsbruck
CarinthiaKlagenfurt
Lower AustriaSt. Pölten
VorarlbergBregenz
Burgenland (in German)Eisenstadt
Last modified
2018.04.17
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