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There are two chambers of the Austrian Parliament.  The National Council is made up of 183 Members who are elected every five years. For more information about the Austrian Parliament, visit http://www.parlament.gv.at/ENGL/.

Austria is a democratic republic. Since 2004 the head of state has been Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer.  In 2010 he was elected to serve for another six year term. Actually we are waiting for the next election on Dec. 4th, 2016 as the presidency of Mr. Fischer expired.

 

The current Austrian government is led by the Chancellor Christian Kern (Social Democratic Party). Vice Chancellor is Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian People's Party), who also serves as foreign minister of science and universities.  There are twelve other ministers and 2 state secretaries.

 

More information about the Austrian Federal Government can be found on the website of the Federal Chancellery of Austria at http://www.bka.gv.at/site/3327/Default.aspx.

Austria is divided into nine states, each having its own state government made up of a Governor, provincial councils, and a state parliament. Data for the provinces are to be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_of_Austria.

 

 

The second chamber, the Federal Council represents the interests of the individual states and consists of 62 members. The Federal Council has a veto over the laws passed by the National Council.

There is a federal constitution whose main content was written in 1920, and nine state constitutions one for each state. The main amendments to the Federal Constitutional Law were made in 1929 following the accession of Austria to the European Union.

The capital city is Vienna and it is also its own state. Both the Federal Government and the Parliament have their headquarters in Vienna.

More information regarding the Austrian government and political system may be found at: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/foreign-ministry/austria/government-and-politics.html

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