Christian Party of Austria

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Christian Party of Austria

Christliche Partei Österreichs
LeaderAlfred Kuchar
FoundedOctober 15, 2005
IdeologyChristian democracy
Social conservatism
Political positionCentre-right to Right-wing
Slogan"Life. Values. Future."
National Council:
0 / 183
Federal Council:
0 / 62
European Parliament:
0 / 19

The Christian Party of Austria (German: Christliche Partei Österreichs, CPÖ; formerly the ChristiansGerman: Die Christen) is a minor political party in Austria, founded on October 15, 2005.

It changed its name under its new chairman Rudolf Gehring in late 2009, partially due to concerns by the Catholic Church over the use of the term "Christians" to mean only the party.[citation needed]


The party was registered on January 23, 2006, and presented to the public on September 27, 2007, when it announced a popular initiative ("Volksbegehren") on the topic of children and families and that it would contest the 2008 election in Lower Austria.

In the 2008 parliamentary election, the party received 0.64% of the vote.

Rudolf Gehring, the party's chairman, announced he would run for president in the 2010 election. He received 5.44% of the vote for third place, the party's highest vote percentage in a national election to date.


The party is oriented mainly on Christian politics, advocating, for example:

Election results[edit]

National Council[edit]

National Council of Austria
Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats Government
2008 31,080 0.64%
0 / 183
Not in parliament
2013 6,647 0.14%
0 / 183
Not in parliament
2017 425 0.01%
0 / 183
Not in parliament


Election Candidate First round result Second round result
Votes % Result Votes % Result
2010 Rudolf Gehring 171,668 5.43% 3rd place
2016 No candidate

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