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Luis Durnwalder (born 23 September 1941) is a politician of Italy, former governor of the (mainly German-speaking) autonomous province of South Tyrol from 1989 until 2014, and vice-president of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Northern Italy.[1]

Luis Durnwalder
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President of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
In office
17 February 2008 – 15 June 2011
Preceded byLorenzo Dellai
Succeeded byLorenzo Dellai
Preceded byCarlo Andreotti
Governor of South Tyrol
In office
17 March 1989 – 9 January 2014
Preceded bySilvius Magnago
Succeeded byArno Kompatscher
Personal details
Born (1941-09-23) 23 September 1941 (age 78)
Pfalzen, Italy
Political partySouth Tyrolean People's Party


Durnwalder was born in Pfalzen. After attending school in Pfalzen and Brixen, he originally planned to enter an Augustinian choir at the Neustift monastery in Brixen; however, Durnwalder decided instead to study law and agriculture. During this time he began his political activity and became chairman of the student group Südtiroler Hochschülerschaft (until 1965).

In 1969, he became mayor of his home municipality and in 1973 delegate to the provincial state assembly; he was Regional Counsellor for the Land Register from 1973 to 1978. At that time he also worked as director of the farmers' association, Südtiroler Bauernbund, and moved to Bolzano, where he lives today. After the 1978 elections, he was promoted to member of the regional government. From 1989 until 2014 he presided over the provincial government as governor (Landeshauptmann).

Durnwalder is a member of the South Tyrolean People's Party. In the elections from 2003 and 2008 he was able to gather more than 100,000 primary votes, meaning that more than a quarter of all voters voted for him.[2]


  1. ^ "North Italy's success story amid faltering faith in Rome". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ "South Tyrol Landtag elections 2008". Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Luis Durnwalder at Wikimedia Commons