April 24, 2016 Held


Republic of Austria

Election for Austrian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:4,371,825
Valid Votes:4,279,170
Invalid Votes:92,655

Vote Share by Candidate:

Norbert HOFER1,499,971


Alexander VAN DER BELLEN913,218


Irmgard GRISS810,641


Rudolf HUNDSTORFER482,790


Andreas KHOL475,767


Richard LUGNER96,783

Election Results Modified: Apr 27, 2016

General Information

Republic of Austria: President, 24 April 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of the Republic of Austria

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Heinz FISCHER (since 8 July 2004)
  • Head of Government: Chancellor Werner FAYMANN (since 2 December 2008)
  • Assembly: Austria has a bicameral Bundesversammlung (Federal Assembly) composed of the Bundesrat (Federal Council) and the Nationalrat (National Council). The Federal Council consists of 62 seats and the National Council consists of 183.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed, for a 6-year term, with eligibility for a second term.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election was held on 25 April 2010. Incumbent Heinz FISCHER was reelected with 79.3% of the vote, defeating Barbara ROSENKRANZ and Rudolf GEHRING.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Andreas KOHL
    • Party: Austrian People’s Party/Österreichische Volkspartei
    • Party: Social Democratic Party/Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs
  • Alexander VAN DER BELLEN
    • Party: The Greens – The Green Alternative/Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative
  • Norbert HOFER
    • Party: Freedom Party of Austria/Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
  • Richard LUGNER
    • Party: Independent
  • Irmgard GRISS
    • Party: Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 8,665,550 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 6,384,331 (2013)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,428,324 (July 2015 est.)

·         Is Austria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Austria ratified CEDAW: Yes (31 March 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 74 (30.20%)[1]

·         Human Development Index Position: 23

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Austria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Austria ratified CRPD: Yes (26 September 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 1,299,833



[1] There are 56 women serving in the National Council (30.60%) and 18 in the Federal Council (29.51%). 

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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