Sebastian Kurz

Sebastian Kurz
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Chancellor of Austria
Assumed office
7 January 2020
PresidentAlexander Van der Bellen
DeputyWerner Kogler
Preceded byBrigitte Bierlein
In office
18 December 2017 – 28 May 2019
PresidentAlexander Van der Bellen
DeputyHeinz-Christian Strache
Hartwig Löger
Preceded byChristian Kern
Succeeded byBrigitte Bierlein
Chairman of the People's Party
Assumed office
15 May 2017
Preceded byReinhold Mitterlehner
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 December 2013 – 18 December 2017
ChancellorWerner Faymann
Christian Kern
Preceded byMichael Spindelegger
Succeeded byKarin Kneissl
Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
In office
1 January 2017 – 18 December 2017
Secretary GeneralLamberto Zannier
Thomas Greminger
Preceded byFrank-Walter Steinmeier
Succeeded byKarin Kneissl
Further offices held
State Secretary of the Interior for Integration
In office
21 April 2011 – 16 December 2013
ChancellorWerner Faymann
MinisterJohanna Mikl-Leitner
Member of the National Council
In office
9 November 2017 – 22 January 2018
Nominated byHimself
AffiliationPeople's Party
In office
29 October 2013 – 16 December 2013
Nominated byMichael Spindelegger
AffiliationPeople's Party
Member of the State and Municipality
Diet of Vienna
In office
Nominated byChristine Marek
AffiliationPeople's Party
Chairman of the Young People's Party
In office
Preceded bySilvia Grünberger
Succeeded byStefan Schnöll
President of the Political Academy of the People's Party
In office
1 September 2015 – 12 March 2018
DirectorDietmar Halper
Preceded byWerner Fasslabend
Succeeded byBettina Rausch
Personal details
Born (1986-08-27) 27 August 1986 (age 33)
Meidling, Vienna, Austria
Political partyPeople's Party (2009–present)
Domestic partnerSusanne Thier
  • Elisabeth Kurz
  • Josef Kurz
ResidenceMeidling, Vienna
EducationGRG 12 Erlgasse (Matura)
Military service
Allegiance Austria
Branch/service Bundesheer
Years of serviceOctober 2004 – June 2005
Stationed atMaria-Theresien-Kaserne

Sebastian Kurz (German pronunciation: [zeˈbastˌi̯a:n ˈkʊrt͡s]; born 27 August 1986) is the chancellor of Austria since January 2020, previously holding this position from December 2017 to May 2019. In addition, Kurz has been the chairman of the Austrian People's Party since May 2017.

Kurz was born and raised in Meidling, Vienna. He acquired his Matura in 2004 at the GRG 12 Erlgasse and subsequently completed mandatory military service in 2005. Following the same year, Kurz attended the faculty of law (Juridicum) at the University of Vienna, but voluntarily left before graduating to focus on his political career. Kurz entered politics when he joined the Young People's Party (JVP) in 2003. Five years later he assumed his first political office there as chairman of the JVP for Vienna.

In 2010, Kurz successfully ran for the Viennese State Diet and thereby obtained his first governmental post. Following a reshuffle of the First Faymann cabinet in 2011, Kurz was nominated and appointed state secretary of the Interior Ministry for social integration. After the 2013 legislative election, Kurz became foreign minister of Austria and retained this position until 2017.

Following the resignation of Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner as chairman of the People's Party (ÖVP) in May 2017, Kurz was named his successor. Mitterlehner's withdrawal from politics led to the end of the Kern cabinet and triggered a legislative snap election in 2017; in which Kurz participated as the top candidate of his party, gaining tremendous popularity with his core topics of immigration and social politics. Ultimately, he and his party achieved the first place in the election, receiving 31.5% of the vote.

As leader of the largest party after the election, Kurz was charged with the formation of a new cabinet by President Alexander Van der Bellen and subsequently formed a coalition with the Freedom Party (FPÖ). Kurz was sworn in as chancellor on 18 December 2017 alongside his new cabinet. During his chancellorship, Kurz passed many changes and reforms but suffered multiple scandals. Following the Ibiza affair and the end of the ÖVP–FPÖ majority coalition, Kurz was dismissed by the National Council through a motion of no confidence passed by the SPÖ, FPÖ and JETZT in May 2019. President Van der Bellen replaced him with Brigitte Bierlein the next month.

His style of governing is regarded as active and expeditious by supporters, but uncooperative and hasty by opponents. During most of his incumbency, Kurz was the youngest head of government in the world.

After his party won the 2019 legislative snap election, Kurz was again tasked with the formation of a new cabinet, his party entered into coalition negotiations with the Green Party in November. At the end of December it was reported that negotiations concluded successfully. He was again sworn in as chancellor on 7 January 2020.

Personal life


Kurz was born in Vienna, the only child[1] of Roman Catholic parents Josef and Elisabeth Kurz. His father is an engineer and his mother is a grammar school teacher.[2] Kurz' maternal grandmother Magdalena Müller – born 1928 in Temerin, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (today Vojvodina, Serbia) – is a Danube Swabian who fled from the city and settled in Zogelsdorf (today in Austria) during World War II, after the Yugoslav Partisans and the Red Army started to occupy the territory that was then part of the Kingdom of Hungary.[3][4][5]

Early life and education

Kurz was brought up in Meidling, the 12th district of Vienna, where he still lives. He obtained his Maturazeugnis in 2004,[6] completed compulsory military service in 2005,[7] and began studying law at the University of Vienna[8][9] the same year, but later dropped out to focus on his political career.[10][11][12]

Private life

Kurz has been in a relationship with economics teacher Susanne Thier since the time they spent in school together.[13][14] Kurz resides in Meidling, the 12th district of Vienna.[15]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Sebastian Kurz
Bân-lâm-gú: Sebastian Kurz
беларуская: Себасцьян Курц
български: Себастиан Курц
Boarisch: Sebastian Kurz
brezhoneg: Sebastian Kurz
čeština: Sebastian Kurz
español: Sebastian Kurz
Esperanto: Sebastian Kurz
français: Sebastian Kurz
hornjoserbsce: Sebastian Kurz
hrvatski: Sebastian Kurz
Bahasa Indonesia: Sebastian Kurz
Interlingue: Sebastian Kurz
íslenska: Sebastian Kurz
italiano: Sebastian Kurz
Lëtzebuergesch: Sebastian Kurz
lietuvių: Sebastian Kurz
Limburgs: Sebastian Kurz
lumbaart: Sebastian Kurz
მარგალური: სებასტიან კურცი
Bahasa Melayu: Sebastian Kurz
Nederlands: Sebastian Kurz
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Sebastian Kurz
português: Sebastian Kurz
română: Sebastian Kurz
Simple English: Sebastian Kurz
slovenčina: Sebastian Kurz
slovenščina: Sebastian Kurz
српски / srpski: Себастијан Курц
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sebastian Kurz
татарча/tatarça: Себастьян Курц
Türkçe: Sebastian Kurz
українська: Себастьян Курц
Tiếng Việt: Sebastian Kurz