Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 24 April 1983. 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%.
183 seats in the National Council of Austria
92 seats needed for a majority
Results of the election, showing seats won by state and nationwide. States are shaded according to the first-place party.
|Socialist Party of Austria||2,312,529||47.65||90||–5|
|Austrian People's Party||2,097,808||43.22||81||+4|
|Freedom Party of Austria||241,789||4.98||12||+1|
|United Greens of Austria||93,798||1.93||0||New|
|Alternative List Austria||65,816||1.36||0||New|
|Communist Party of Austria||31,912||0.66||0||0|
|Stop Immigrants Movement||3,914||0.08||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|