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Election and Democracy
Austria
Voter turnout in the national election80.0% (March 2019 or latest)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.54 (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes67.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign54.5% (2014)
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% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions69.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech26.9% (2010)
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% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech11.2% (2010)
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Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today6.36 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago6.98 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now5.47 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.07 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities5.81 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.95 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions5.63 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.24 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights5.11 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections4.08 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.15 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.37 (2014)
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Politician
Austria
Number of total seats in the Parliament244 (2017)
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Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population27.89 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives183 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population20.92 (2017)
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% of seats held by women in national parliaments30.6% (2017)
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Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)23.1% (2017)
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% of those who trust politicians31.5% (2014)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally63.4% (2010)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest52.4% (2014)
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Political party and organization
Austria
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics29.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices48.6% (2014)
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% of those who belong to a political party11.8% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations4.16 (2014)
[12/26countries]
Parliament
Austria
% of those who have confidence in parliament59.5% (2008)
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% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law19.0% (2014)
[9/26countries]
Political awareness
Austria
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)61.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is left12.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is center56.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right9.0% (2014)
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Average of political position4.87 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers47.9% (2014)
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% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day64.0% (2014)
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% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information3.1% (2014)
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% of those who have expressed political views on the internet14.2% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion30.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government29.9% (2014)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think57.3% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.01 (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.27 (2014)
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Political action
Austria
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law32.8% (2014)
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% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views26.5% (2014)
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% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity57.7% (2014)
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% of those who have signed a petition62.6% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.82 (2014)
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% of those who have attended a political meeting26.3% (2014)
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% of those who have attended demonstrations20.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings8.1% (2014)
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Government
Austria
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 49.2% (2010)
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Public officials
Austria
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older26.1% (2015)
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% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people75.5% (2014)
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% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption33.5% (2014)
[13/26countries]
Public finance
Austria
General government expenditure, % of GDP51.7% (2015)
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General government revenue, % of GDP50.6% (2015)
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General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-1.1% (2015)
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General government gross debt, % of GDP101.1% (2015)
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General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-57.0% (2015)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget1.18% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget2.69% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget11.15% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget0.78% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget0.71% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget16.29% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.38% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget9.79% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget42.00% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP0.60% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.35% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP5.61% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.39% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.36% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP8.19% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.20% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP4.92% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP21.11% (2016)
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Tax
Austria
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates20.0% (2015)
[17/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)25.00% (2018)
[15/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)42 (2016)
[22/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)15.7% (2010)
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Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)34.6% (2010)
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Total tax rate (% of proft)55.5% (2010)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes78.0% (2009)
[12/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes5.65 (2014)
[26/26countries]
Social security
Austria
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)27.6% (2013)
[6/34countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people29.6% (2012)
[16/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people70.9% (2012)
[8/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
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% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 3.0% (2012)
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% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 7.8% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 66.7% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave67.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave2.1% (2012)
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% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave28.1% (2012)
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% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age1.7% (2012)
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% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age38.4% (2012)
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% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age59.9% (2012)
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% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age28.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country9.2% (2010)
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% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor14.3% (2009)
[12/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.76 (2014)
[9/26countries]
Law and Justice
Austria
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations5.71 (2014)
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% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts66.5% (2010)
[7/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)80.7% (2008)
[5/30countries]