Austria

National Council

Political system
Presidential-Parliamentary
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
29 Sep 2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Early elections
Expected date of next elections
30 Sep 2024
Number of seats at stake
183
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election
13

Voter turnout

Registered voters
6,396,812
Voters
4,835,469
Voter turnout
75.6%

Results

About the election

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s People's Party (ÖVP) remained the largest party in the 183-member National Council, with an increased share of seats. The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ, which has its first-ever woman leader, Pamela Rendi-Wagner) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ, the ÖVP’s former coalition partner, now led by Mr. Norbert Hofer) both lost their share of seats. The Greens, which had failed to win seats in the 2017 elections, returned to the National Council with 26 seats. After three months of negotiations, on 1 January 2020, the ÖVP and the Greens, led by Mr. Werner Kogler, agreed on a coalition government, promising to "protect the climate and borders". It is the first government in Austria that comprises the Greens. On 7 January, President Alexander Van der Bellen (Independent, formerly Greens) swore in the new Government led by Mr. Kurz.

The 2019 elections were held three years earlier than they were constitutionally due. The coalition government involving the ÖVP and the FPÖ had collapsed in May amid a corruption scandal involving Mr. Heinz-Christian Strache, the then Vice Chancellor and FPÖ leader. After Mr. Strache’s resignation on 18 May, President Van der Bellen (announced early elections would be held in September. Election campaigning was held against the backdrop of the "Fridays for Future" movement – the Europe-wide demonstration on climate change – making climate change the key electoral issue. Chancellor Kurz also promised tax cuts for businesses and families and 5 billion euros in public-spending reductions.

Number of parties winning seats
5
Percentage of parties winning seats
38.5%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition
38.8%
Alternation of power after elections
No
Number of parties in government
2
Names of parties in government
People's Party (ÖVP), Greens

Parties or coalitions winning seats

Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political group Total
People's Party (ÖVP) 71
Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) 40
Freedom Party (FPÖ) 31
Greens 26
Neos-New Austria (NEOS) 15
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
111
Number of women elected
72
Percentage of women elected
39.3%
Women Directly Elected
72
Sources

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
111
Total number of women after the election
72
Percentage of women after the election
39.3%
First-term parliamentarians
52
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
28.4%
Date of the first session
23 Oct 2019

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Wolfgang Sobotka (Male)
Date of birth: 05 Jan 1956
Political party
People's Party (ÖVP)
Date of election
23 Oct 2019

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No