Federal provinces (Länder)

In accordance with Article 2 of the Federal Constitution Act, Austria is a federation of the following independent provinces: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna.

The principle of federation is reflected in the fact that the federal provinces have their own authority in legislative matters (through the provincial parliaments) and administrative matters (with the provincial government being the highest authority) and that they are involved in federal legislation through the Federal Council (Bundesrat).

The federal provinces¹)
Federal provinceArea in  
km²  
²)
DistrictsJudical districtsMunicipalitiesBuildings  
31 October 2011
Resident population   31 October 2011Resident population 1 January 2020
Towns with chartersPolitical districtsTotalincluding 
urban 
municipalities
including market town
Burgenland3 965.202761711367123 109285 685294 436
Carinthia9 536.5028111321747172 465556 173561 293
Lower Austria19 179.564202657376327591 4331 614 6931 684 287
Upper Austria11 982.523151843832151383 4291 413 7621 490 279
Salzburg7 154.561581191124129 233529 066558 410
Styria16 399.341121528635122350 6511 208 5751 246 395
Tyrol12 648.3718132791121177 745709 319757 634
Vorarlberg2 601.67-459651298 469370 440397 139
Vienna414.821-1311-164 7461 714 2271 911 191
Austria83 882.5615791152 0952017712 191 2808 401 9408 901 064


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