1983 Austrian legislative election

Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 24 April 1983.[1] The result was a victory for the Socialist Party, which won 90 of the 183 seats. However, the Socialists lost the outright majority they had held since 1971, prompting Bruno Kreisky to stand down as SPÖ leader and Chancellor in favour of Fred Sinowatz. The SPÖ stayed in office by entering into a coalition government with the Freedom Party of Austria, which at this point was a liberal party. Voter turnout was 93%.[2][3]

1983 Austrian legislative election

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183 seats in the National Council of Austria
92 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Bruno Kreisky 1983 (cropped).JPEG Alois Mock 1986.png 3x4.svg
Leader Bruno Kreisky Alois Mock Norbert Steger
Last election 51.03%, 95 seats 41.90%, 77 seats 6.06%, 11 seats
Seats won 90 81 12
Seat change Decrease 5 Increase 4 Increase 1
Popular vote 2,312,529 2,097,808 241,789
Percentage 47.65% 43.22% 4.98%
Swing Decrease3.38pp Increase1.32pp Decrease1.08pp

1983 Austrian legislative election - Results.svg
Results of the election, showing seats won by state and nationwide. States are shaded according to the first-place party.

Chancellor before election

Bruno Kreisky

Elected Chancellor

Fred Sinowatz


Socialist Party of Austria2,312,52947.6590–5
Austrian People's Party2,097,80843.2281+4
Freedom Party of Austria241,7894.9812+1
United Greens of Austria93,7981.930New
Alternative List Austria65,8161.360New
Communist Party of Austria31,9120.6600
Austria Party5,8510.120New
Stop Immigrants Movement3,9140.080New
Valid votes4,853,41798.60
Invalid/blank votes69,0371.40
Total votes4,922,454100.00
Registered voters/turnout5,316,43692.59
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p196 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Fred Sinowatz: Reluctant chancellor of Austria The Independent, 7 September 2008
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p215