People in Vienna, Austria. Editorial credit: Ratikova / Shutterstock.com

Austria

Austria has a democratic system of government that guarantees political rights and civil liberties. The country has historically been governed by a grand coalition of the center-left Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) and the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). In recent years, the political system has faced pressure from the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), a right-wing, populist party that openly entertains nationalist and xenophobic sentiments.

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Freedom in the World — Austria Country Report

Austria is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.