List of political parties in Austria

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This article lists political parties in Austria. Austria has a multi-party system. Of the over 700 registered political parties[citation needed], only few are known to the larger public. Since the 1980s, four parties have consistently received enough votes to get seats in the national parliament.

The parties

Parties represented in Parliament or the European Parliament

There are five parties represented in the National Council. Three of the parties in the National Council are also represented in the Federal Council. Four of the five parties in the National Council are represented in the European Parliament.

Logo Name Abbr. Ideology Chairperson NR BR MEP
Logo neue VP tuerkis.png Austrian People's Party
Österreichische Volkspartei
ÖVP Conservatism
Christian democracy
Sebastian Kurz 62 25 5
Logo SPÖ.svg Social Democratic Party of Austria
Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs
SPÖ Social democracy Pamela Rendi-Wagner 52 22 5
Logo of Freedom Party of Austria.svg Freedom Party of Austria
Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
FPÖ Right-wing populism
National conservatism
Heinz-Christian Strache 51 13 4
150203 NEOS-Logo-positiv-2c.svg NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum
NEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum
NEOS ordoliberalism Beate Meinl-Reisinger 10 0 1
Liste Peter Pilz Logo.png Peter Pilz List
Liste Peter Pilz
PILZ Left-wing populism
Green politics
Maria Stern 8 0 0
Austrian Greens logo 2017.svg The Greens – The Green Alternative
Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative
GRÜNE Green politics
Social liberalism
Werner Kogler 0 2 3

Parties represented in state parliaments

Percentage Vorarlberg Vienna Upper Austria Tyrol (state) Styria Salzburg (state) Lower Austria Carinthia (state) Burgenland

Minor parties

(Bündnis Zukunft Österreich) (BZÖ)

Major historical parties

Minor historical parties

See also

Further reading

  • Müller, Wolfgang; Franz Fallend (November 2004). "Changing Patterns of Party Competition in Austria: From Multipolar to Bipolar System". West European Politics. 27 (5): 801–835. doi:10.1080/0140238042000283319.
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