Schaden studied political science and journalism at Salzburg University, and did his doctorate there in 1981, before studying in Vienna until 1985. On April 30, 1999, he became the first directly elected mayor of Salzburg. He also won in the mayor election of 7 March 2004, with 52% of the vote.
He is also Chairman of the SPÖ in Salzburg.
- "Salzburg expels protesters". BBC. 2001-07-02. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
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