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Election results 2008, main parties. NUTS 2.

The latest parliamentary election in Austria, a snap election, held on 28 September 2008, ended the shortest parliamentary term in post-war Austria. The 2006 SPÖ-ÖVP grand coalition was terminated in early July 2008, due to profound policy disagreements, particularly on the EU issue. The election results revealed significant losses for the two major parties. ÖVP won 26% of the vote – its worst ever electoral result - and the SPÖ won only 29.3%, losing 6 points on its 2006 vote. The winners of the election were the FPÖ who managed to drive home 17,5% of the vote, a gain of 6,5 points. The real surprise, however, was the strong performance of the BZÖ. Winning 10.7% of the vote meant more than doubling its 2006 vote and tripling its MPs. Even though the snap election had resulted in losses for the two major parties, the SPÖ-ÖVP was sworn in on December 2, 2008, after agreeing on a government program and the division of portfolios.


Müller, W. C. 2009. The snap election in Austria, September 2008. Electoral Studies, Volume 28: 514-517.

Ministry of the Interior (Bundesministerium für Inners), Election results.

Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA): country descriptions.

Inter-Parliamentary Union: PARLINE database on national parliaments

Government (Austria), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Bergen. Retrieved 27 October 2009 from