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    Austria Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Austria
      conventional short form: Austria
      local short form: Oesterreich
      local long form: Republik Oesterreich

      Government type:
      federal republic

      Capital:
      Vienna

      Administrative divisions:
      9 states (Bundeslaender, singular - Bundesland); Burgenland, Kaernten, Niederoesterreich, Oberoesterreich, Salzburg, Steiermark, Tirol, Vorarlberg, Wien

      Independence:
      1156 (from Bavaria)

      National holiday:
      National Day, 26 October (1955); note - commemorates the State Treaty restoring national sovereignty and the end of occupation and the passage of the law on permanent neutrality

      Constitution:
      1920; revised 1929 (reinstated 1 May 1945)

      Legal system:
      civil law system with Roman law origin; judicial review of legislative acts by the Constitutional Court; separate administrative and civil/penal supreme courts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal; compulsory for presidential elections

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Thomas KLESTIL (since 8 July 1992) note - will remain in office until 8 July 2004
      head of government: Chancellor Wolfgang SCHUESSEL (OeVP)(since 4 February 2000); Vice Chancellor Hubert GORBACH (since 21 October 2003)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers chosen by the president on the advice of the chancellor
      elections: president elected by direct popular vote for a six-year term; presidential election last held 25 April 2004 (next to be held NA April 2010); chancellor traditionally chosen by the president from the plurality party in the National Council; vice chancellor chosen by the president on the advice of the chancellor
      note: government coalition - OeVP and FPOe
      election results: Heinz FISCHER elected president; percent of vote - Heinz FISCHER (SPOe) 52.4%, Benita FERRERO-WALDNER (OeVP) 47.6%

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Federal Assembly or Bundesversammlung consists of Federal Council or Bundesrat (62 members; members represent each of the states on the basis of population, but with each state having at least three representatives; members serve a five- or six-year term) and the National Council or Nationalrat (183 seats; members elected by direct popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      election results: National Council - percent of vote by party - OeVP 42.3%, SPOe 36.5%, FPOe 10.0%, Greens 9.5%; seats by party - OeVP 79, SPOe 69, FPOe 18, Greens 17
      elections: National Council - last held 24 November 2002 (next to be held in the fall of 2006)

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Judicial Court or Oberster Gerichtshof; Administrative Court or Verwaltungsgerichtshof; Constitutional Court or Verfassungsgerichtshof

      Political parties and leaders:
      Austrian People's Party or OeVP [Wolfgang SCHUESSEL]; Freedom Party of Austria (also known as the Liberal Party) or FPOe [Herbert HAUPT]; Social Democratic Party of Austria or SPOe [Alfred GUSENBAUER]; The Greens [Alexander VAN DER BELLEN]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Austrian Trade Union Federation (nominally independent but primarily Socialist) or OeGB; Federal Economic Chamber; OeVP-oriented League of Austrian Industrialists or VOeI; Roman Catholic Church, including its chief lay organization, Catholic Action; three composite leagues of the Austrian People's Party or OeVP representing business, labor, and farmers and other non-government organizations in the areas of environment and human rights

      International organization participation:
      AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, BSEC (observer), CE, CEI, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, EIB, EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, G- 9, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, NAM (guest), NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, Paris Club, PCA, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNDOF, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNMEE, UNMIK, UNMISET, UNOMIG, UNTSO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WEU (observer), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Eva NOWOTNY
      chancery: 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008-3035
      consulate(s) general: Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York
      FAX: [1] (202) 895-6750
      telephone: [1] (202) 895-6700

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador William Lee LYONS BROWN, Jr.
      embassy: Boltzmanngasse 16, A-1090, Vienna
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [43] (1) 31339, 31375, 31335
      FAX: [43] (1) 5125835

      Flag description:
      three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and red


      NOTE: The information regarding Austria on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Austria Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Austria Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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