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 2019
Towns with chartersPolitical districtsTotalincluding 
urban 
municipalities
including market town
Burgenland3 965.222761711367123 109285 685293 433
Carinthia9 536.5628111321747172 465556 173560 939
Lower Austria19 179.484202657376327591 4331 614 6931 677 542
Upper Austria11 982.573151843832151383 4291 413 7621 482 095
Salzburg7 154.581581191124129 233529 066555 221
Styria16 399.071121528735122350 6511 208 5751 243 052
Tyrol12 648.3918132791121177 745709 319754 705
Vorarlberg2 601.66-459651198 469370 440394 297
Vienna414.781-1211-164 7461 714 2271 897 491
Austria83 882.3215791142 0962017702 191 2808 401 9408 858 775


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