2019 in Austria

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List of years in Austria

Events from the year 2019 in Austria.



  • 1 January - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria.[1]
  • 18 May – Vice chancellor and FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache announces his resignation following the Ibiza affair, he and all of the other FPÖ cabinet members left the government 4 days later.[2] This left Kurz government as a ÖVP minority government.
  • 28 May - Kurz government was dismissed after a motion of no confidence being passed.
  • 3 June - President Van der Bellen appointed former president of Constitutional Court Brigitte Bierlein as the first independent chancellor after WWII, as well as the first female to hold the office. She and her technocratic cabinet are expected to leave their positions when a new government is formed after the legislative election to be held in late September.
  • 1 November - Austria becomes one of the last European countries to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, after years of debate.[3]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Austria just legalised gay marriage". The Independent. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Live-Ticker: Hochspannung vor Kurz' Statement, Neuwahl laut FPÖ-Kreisen fix". Kurier. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "What you need to know about Austria's new indoor smoking ban". The Local. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula 1 legend, dies at 70". BBC News. BBC. 21 May 2019.