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Austria

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National Council

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
15.10.2017
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
09.11.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
183
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
2,047
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
16

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,400,998
Votes Number of people who actually voted
5,120,879
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
80%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
As in previous elections, no party won an outright majority in the 183-member National Council in these snap elections called one year before they were constitutionally due. The People's Party (ÖVP), led by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, came first with 62 seats, winning 11 more than the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), led by Prime Minister Christian Kern. The Freedom Party (FPÖ), led by Mr. Heinz-Christian Strache, closely followed. On 20 October, President Alexander Van der Bellen (independent, supported by the Greens) tasked ÖVP leader Kurz with forming a new government. On 24 October, Mr. Kurz announced that he would invite the FPÖ for coalition talks, and on 18 December, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of an ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government, thereby becoming the youngest (31 years old) head of government in the European Union. The ÖVP and FPÖ had previously formed a coalition government in 2000. The 2017 elections followed presidential elections in 2016. Prime Minister Werner Faymann (SPÖ) resigned in May 2016 and was succeeded by Mr. Kern. In May 2017, ÖVP leader Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned, citing infighting in the government, and was succeeded by Mr. Kurz. The government collapsed shortly afterwards, triggering early elections in October. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on migration, border control, the reduction of benefits for immigrants and tax reforms.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
31.25%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
33.88%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
People's Party (ÖVP), Freedom Party (FPÖ)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
People's Party (ÖVP) 62
Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) 52
Freedom Party (FPÖ) 51
Neos-New Austria (NEOS) 10
Peter Pilz List (PILZ) 8
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
120
Number of women elected
63
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
34.43%
Sources
National Council (09.11.2017) Bundesministeriums für Inneres, Nationalratswahl 2017 Associated Press Reuters Express Newspapers
Women Directly Elected
63

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
120
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
63
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
79
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
09.11.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Elisabeth Köstinger (Female)
Political party
People's Party (ÖVP)
Date of election
09.11.2017