Grand Coalition Retains Majority

Oct. 4, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Voters in Austria elected 183 members of the National Council / Nationalrat on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Candidates to the National Council / Nationalrat are elected through open-list proportional representation. Austria has been led by a grand coalition led by the Social Democratic Party of Austria / Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (SPÖ) and the Austrian People’s Party / Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP), which held a combined 108 seats in the last Nationalrat. The SPÖ received the most votes in the election with 1,252,430 votes (26.86 percent), which gives them 52 seats in the new Nationalrat. Their coalition partner, the ÖVP finished second in the election, with 1,119,499 votes (24.01 percent), giving them 47 seats in the Nationalrat. Finishing third in the election was the Freedom Party of Austria / Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ), which received 958,295 votes (20.55 percent) in the election, and will have 40 seats in the Nationalrat. Three other parties will have seats in the Nationalrat, including two new political parties, Team Stronach for Austria / Team Stronach für Österreich (267,444 votes and 11 seats) and NEOS – The New Austria / NEOS - Das Neue Österreich (229,692 votes and 9 seats), in addition to The Greens – The Green Alternative / Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative (575,195 votes and 24 seats). In the election, 4,751,321 Austrians (74.42 percent) cast their ballots.

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