Dataset: Austria: Parliamentary Election 2002


<p><b>Date of election</b>: 24 November 2002</p>
<p><b>Main issues</b>: At the beginning of September 2002, the governing coalition formed by FPÖ and ÖVP broke up. Its collapse became final when Vice Chancellor Susanne Riess-Passer of FPÖ resigned from the party leadership. In the run-up to the election, the government launched a massive campaign against those deemed to be seeking asylum for &quot;economic&quot; reasons. It appeared to political analysts that Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel had led his conservative ÖVP to be the one and only party of the right, offering FPÖ voters many of the same policies but in less controversial hands. The SPÖ also repositioned themselves before the elections, savaging the neo-liberal policies of their former conservative coalition partners.</p>
<p><b>Outcome of election</b>: The final results showed that the ÖVP had scored a sweeping victory in the elections with 42.27 per cent of the votes as against 26.91 per cent in 1999. This percentage gave the party a total of 79 seats, 27 more than in the outgoing Parliament. The SPÖ obtained 36.90 per cent of the votes and 69 seats, 4 more than in 1999. The FPÖ slumped dramatically, losing 33 seats and more than 16 per cent of their share of the votes. The remaining 16 seats went to the Green Party, which had won 5 in 1999. After negotiations with the other parties, Schüssel renewed the coalition with the severely weakened FPÖ.</p>

<h4>Party abbreviations:</h4>
   <li>ÖVP - Austrian Peoples Party (Österreichische Volkspartei)</li>
   <li>SPÖ - Social Democratic Party of Austria (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs)</li>
   <li>FPÖ - Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs)</li>
   <li>Grüne - The Greens - The Green Alternative (Grüne Alternative/Grüne in Parliament)</li>
   <li>LIF - Liberal Forum (Liberals Forum)</li>
   <li>KPÖ - Communist Party of Austria (Kommunistische Partei Österreichs)</li>
   <li>SLP - Social Left Party (Sozialistische LinksPartei)</li>
   <li>DEMOKRATEN - Democrats (Die Demokraten)</li>
   <li>CWG - Christian Voters' Community (Christliche Wählgemeinschaft)</li>

Full Title

Austria: Parliamentary Election 2002

Parallel Title

Austria: Parliamentary Election 2002

Identification Number



Date: 2009-03-18

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Topic Classification


Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
2002 2002



Geographic Coverage

NUTS regions in Austria      
NUTS 1: 3
NUTS 2: 9
NUTS 3: 35

AT11 Burgenland (A)
AT111 Mittelburgenland
AT112 Nordburgenland
AT113 Südburgenland
AT12 Niederösterreich
AT121 Mostviertel-Eisenwurzen
AT122 Niederösterreich-Süd
AT123 Sankt Pölten
AT124 Waldviertel
AT125 Weinviertel
AT126 Wiener Umland/Nordteil
AT127 Wiener Umland/Südteil
AT13 Wien
AT130 Wien
AT21 Kärnten
AT211 Klagenfurt-Villach
AT212 Oberkärnten
AT213 Unterkärnten
AT22 Steiermark
AT221 Graz
AT222 Liezen
AT223 Östliche Obersteiermark
AT224 Oststeiermark
AT225 West- und Südsteiermark
AT226 Westliche Obersteiermark
AT31 Oberösterreich
AT311 Innviertel
AT312 Linz-Wels
AT313 Mühlviertel
AT314 Steyr-Kirchdorf
AT315 Traunviertel
AT32 Salzburg
AT321 Lungau
AT322 Pinzgau-Pongau
AT323 Salzburg und Umgebung
AT33 Tirol
AT331 Außerfern
AT332 Innsbruck
AT333 Osttirol
AT334 Tiroler Oberland
AT335 Tiroler Unterland
AT34 Vorarlberg
AT341 Bludenz-Bregenzer Wald
AT342 Rheintal-Bodenseegebiet
ATZZ Extra-Regio
ATZZZ Extra-Regio

Geographic Unit


Unit of Analysis

Statistical/administrative unit

Kind of Data

Aggregate data

Data Collector

Norwegian Social Science Data Services  (NSD)

Mode of Data Collection

Data was accessed by gemeinden (NUTS 5). Aggregation has been compiled by the NSD.

Data Sources

<p>SunSITE Austria at the University of Vienna: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p>;
<p>Bundesministerium für Inneres: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p>;
<p>Inter-Parliamentary Union: <a target="_blank" href="">PARLINE database on national parliaments</a></p>


Abroad votes: Available on national levels.

NUTS structure and electoral units:  
Election results are reported for 2381 municipalities, which correspond with the NUTS 5 statistical regions aggragated into the 35 NUTS 3 units.

Availability Status

Data is available free of charge

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