Austrian People's Party

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The Austrian People's Party (German: Österreichische Volkspartei, shortenend to ÖVP) is one of the biggest parties in Austria. It as founded in 1945. Its name roughly translates to Austrian People's party. It has about 630,000 members. Its views are often center-right. This means it often has conservative views on the matters at hand. Many of its voters are Catholics. It is against moderate socialism, which is embodied by the other big party, the SPÖ.

Former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel is a member of this party. Former Minister of the Interior Liese Prokop (died 2006) was also a member.

Leaders of the party:

  1. Leopold Kunschak (1945-1945)
  2. Leopold Figl (1945-1952)
  3. Julius Raab (1952-1960)
  4. Alfons Gorbach (1960-1963)
  5. Josef Klaus (1963-1970)
  6. Hermann Withalm (1970-1971)
  7. Karl Schleinzer (1971-1975)
  8. Josef Taus (1975-1979)
  9. Alois Mock (1979-1989)
  10. Josef Riegler (1989-1991)
  11. Erhard Busek (1991-1995)
  12. Wolfgang Schüssel (1995-2007)
  13. Wilhelm Molterer (2007-2008)
  14. Josef Pröll (2008-2011)
  15. Michael Spindelegger (2011- 2014)
  16. Reinhold Mitterlehner (2014 - 2017)
  17. Sebastian Kurz (2017 -)

Election results[change | change source]

National Council[change | change source]

National Council of Austria
Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats Government
1945 1,602,227 (1st) 49.8% 85 (1st) ÖVP-SPÖ-KPÖ Majority
1949 1,846,581 (1st) 44.0% 77 (1st) ÖVP-SPÖ Majority
1953 1,781,777 (2nd) 41.3% 74 (1st) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
1956 1,999,986 (1st) 46.0 82 (1st) ÖVP-SPÖ Majority
1959 1,928,043 (2nd) 44.2% 79 (1st) ÖVP-SPÖ Majority
1962 2,024,501 (1st) 45.4% 81 (1st) ÖVP-SPÖ Majority
1966 2,191,109 (1st) 48.3% 85 (1st) ÖVP Majority
1970 2,051,012 (2nd) 44.7% 78 (2nd) in opposition
1971 1,964,713 (2nd) 43.1% 80 (2nd) in opposition
1975 1,981,291 (2nd) 42.9% 80 (2nd) in opposition
1979 1,981,739 (2nd) 41.9% 77 (2nd) in opposition
1983 2,097,808 (2nd) 43.2% 81 (2nd) in opposition
1986 2,003,663 (2nd) 41.3% 77 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
1990 1,508,600 (2nd) 32.1% 60 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
1994 1,281,846 (2nd) 27.7% 52 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
1995 1,370,510 (2nd) 28.3% 52 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
1999 1,243,672 (3rd) 26.9% 52 (2nd) ÖVP-FPÖ Majority
2002 2,076,833 (1st) 42.3% 79 (1st) ÖVP-FPÖ Majority
2006 1,616,493 (2nd) 34.3% 66 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
2008 1,269,656 (2nd) 26.0% 51 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority
2013 1,125,876 (2nd) 24.0% 47 (2nd) SPÖ-ÖVP Majority

European Parliament[change | change source]

European Parliament
Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats
1996 1,124,921 (1st) 29.7% 7
1999 859,175 (2nd) 30.7% 7
2004 817,716 (2nd) 32.7% 6
2009 858,921 (1st) 30.0% 6
2014 761,896 (1st) 27.0% 5