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October 2022

Austrian president, former leader of Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen has secured a second six-year term with more than 50 per cent of the vote and without going to a runoff. This result differs from the 2016 election when Van der Bellen only won by a narrow margin against his far-right rival Norbert Hofer. Despite the role being generally ceremonial, the president has sweeping powers during transition periods or crisis. Van der Bellen won on a slogan of “clarity” and “stability” following his reputation of leading in a steady and calm manner, particularly during political crisis. The voter turnout was 65.2 per cent.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
8 956 280
System of government
Parliamentary system
Head of government
Chancellor Karl Nehammer (since 2021)
Head of government party
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
List Proportional Representation
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
41.0%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
41.0%
Last legislative election
2019
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
4.2
Head of state
President Alexander Van der Bellen
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (two-round majority)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
22/01/2021
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
74.45%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
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International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
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Regional Treaties
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 4 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 7 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 12 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
Signatory
Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
State Party
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Early Warning System BETA

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Low risk of democratic breakdown Low risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Moderate risk of democratic backsliding Moderate risk of democratic backsliding (BETA)

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Representative government neutral Participatory engagement
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GSoD Indices

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