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Map of Austria subdivided in the 84 districts. In red the 15 Statutarstädte

Austria is divided into 84 political districts (Politische Bezirke), and 15 Statutarstädte which form their own districts.

Function

The Austrian Bezirk is roughly equivalent to the Landkreis in Germany and County in the United States. The administrative office of a district, the Bezirkshauptmannschaft is headed by the Bezirkshauptmann. The districts are in charge of the administration of all matters of federal and state administrative law and subject to orders from the higher instances, usually the Landeshauptmann (governor) in matters of federal law and the Landesregierung (state government) in state law. Thus, the district is the basic unit of general administration in Austria.

Officials on the district level are not elected, but appointed by the state government. There are also independent cities in Austria. They are called Statutarstadt in Austrian administrative law. These cities are not part of any district and the city administration covers all matters usually a district administration would do.

Usually, an independent city is home to a district administration which is responsible for the surrounding area of the respective city. For example, Innsbruck is an independent city surrounded by the district "Innsbruck-Land" of which the district administration is situated in the city of Innsbruck.

Vienna, which is both a state and a Statutarstadt, is further subdivided into districts, which are divisions used for local administration by the city government.

For more information on Austrian administration, see States of Austria.

List of political districts

Political district Vehicle registration code Administrative center State
Amstetten (district) AM Amstetten Lower Austria
Baden (district) BN Baden Lower Austria
Bludenz (district) BZ Bludenz Vorarlberg
Braunau am Inn (district) BR Braunau am Inn Upper Austria
Bregenz (district) B Bregenz Vorarlberg
Bruck an der Leitha (district) BL Bruck an der Leitha Lower Austria
Bruck an der Mur (district) BM Bruck an der Mur Styria
Deutschlandsberg (district) DL Deutschlandsberg Styria
Dornbirn (district) DO Dornbirn Vorarlberg
Eferding (district) EF Eferding Upper Austria
Eisenstadt-Umgebung EU Eisenstadt Burgenland
Feldbach (district) FB Feldbach Styria
Feldkirch (district) FK Feldkirch Vorarlberg
Feldkirchen (district) FE Feldkirchen in Kärnten Carinthia
Freistadt (district) FR Freistadt Upper Austria
Fürstenfeld (district) FF Fürstenfeld Styria
Gänserndorf (district) GF Gänserndorf Lower Austria
Gmünd (district) GD Gmünd Lower Austria
Gmunden (district) GM Gmunden Upper Austria
Graz-Umgebung GU Graz Styria
Grieskirchen (district) GR Grieskirchen Upper Austria
Güssing (district) GS Güssing Burgenland
Hallein (district) HA Hallein Salzburg
Hartberg (district) HB Hartberg Styria
Hermagor HE Hermagor-Pressegger See Carinthia
Hollabrunn (district) HL Hollabrunn Lower Austria
Horn (district) HO Horn Lower Austria
Imst (district) IM Imst Tirol
Innsbruck-Land IL Innsbruck Tirol
Jennersdorf (district) JE Jennersdorf Burgenland
Judenburg (district) JU Judenburg Styria
Kirchdorf an der Krems (district) KI Kirchdorf an der Krems Upper Austria
Kitzbühel (district) KB Kitzbühel Tirol
Klagenfurt-Land KL Klagenfurt Carinthia
Knittelfeld (district) KF Knittelfeld Styria
Korneuburg (district) KO Korneuburg Lower Austria
Krems-Land KR Krems an der Donau Lower Austria
Kufstein (district) KU Kufstein Tirol
Landeck (district) LA Landeck Tirol
Leibnitz (district) LB Leibnitz Styria
Leoben (district) LN Leoben Styria
Lienz (district) LZ Lienz Tirol
Liezen (district) LI (BA, GB)[1] Liezen Styria
Lilienfeld (district) LF Lilienfeld Lower Austria
Linz-Land LL Linz Upper Austria
Mattersburg (district) MA Mattersburg Burgenland
Melk (district) ME Melk Lower Austria
Mistelbach (district) MI Mistelbach Lower Austria
Mödling (district) MD Mödling Lower Austria
Murau (district) MU Murau Styria
Mürzzuschlag (district) MZ Mürzzuschlag Styria
Neunkirchen (district) NK Neunkirchen Lower Austria
Neusiedl am See (district) ND Neusiedl am See Burgenland
Oberpullendorf (district) OP Oberpullendorf Burgenland
Oberwart (district) OW Oberwart Burgenland
Perg (district) PE Perg Upper Austria
Radkersburg (district) RA Bad Radkersburg Styria
Reutte (district) RE Reutte Tirol
Ried im Innkreis (district) RI Ried im Innkreis Upper Austria
Rohrbach (district) RO Rohrbach im Mühlkreis Upper Austria
Salzburg-Umgebung SL Salzburg Salzburg
Sankt Johann im Pongau (district) JO Sankt Johann im Pongau Salzburg
Sankt Pölten-Land PL Sankt Pölten Lower Austria
Sankt Veit an der Glan (district) SV Sankt Veit an der Glan Carinthia
Schärding (district) SD Schärding Upper Austria
Scheibbs (district) SB Scheibbs Lower Austria
Schwaz (district) SZ Schwaz Tyrol
Spittal an der Drau (district) SP Spittal an der Drau Carinthia
Steyr-Land SE Steyr Upper Austria
Tamsweg (district) TA Tamsweg Salzburg
Tulln (district) TU Tulln Lower Austria
Urfahr-Umgebung UU Linz Upper Austria
Villach-Land VL Villach Carinthia
Vöcklabruck (district) VB Vöcklabruck Upper Austria
Voitsberg (district) VO Voitsberg Styria
Völkermarkt (district) VK Völkermarkt Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Thaya (district) WT Waidhofen an der Thaya Lower Austria
Weiz (district) WZ Weiz Styria
Wels-Land WL Wels Upper Austria
Wiener Neustadt-Land WB Wiener Neustadt Lower Austria
Wien-Umgebung WU Klosterneuburg Lower Austria
Wolfsberg (district) WO Wolfsberg Carinthia
Zell am See (district) ZE Zell am See Salzburg
Zwettl (district) ZT Zwettl Lower Austria

List of independent cities

City Vehicle registration code State
Eisenstadt E[2] Burgenland
Graz G Styria
Innsbruck I Tirol
Klagenfurt K Carinthia
Krems an der Donau KS Lower Austria
Leoben LE Styria
Linz L Upper Austria
Rust E[2] Burgenland
Salzburg S Salzburg
Sankt Pölten P Lower Austria
Schwechat SW Lower Austria
Steyr SR Upper Austria
Villach VI Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Ybbs WY Lower Austria
Wels WE Upper Austria
Wien (Vienna) W Wien (Vienna)
Wiener Neustadt WN Lower Austria
  1. ^ Vehicle registration plates issued in the district of Liezen usually show the LI-code. However, in the areas around Bad Aussee and Gröbming which are nevertheless part of Liezen district registration plates showing the BA- or GB-code respectively are issued.
  2. ^ a b The cities of Eisentadt and Rust share the E-code on their vehicle registration plates.
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Austria is divided into 84 political districts (Politische Bezirke), and 15 Statutarstädte which form their own districts.

Function

The Austrian Bezirk is roughly equivalent to the Landkreis in Germany and County in the United States. The administrative office of a district, the Bezirkshauptmannschaft is headed by the Bezirkshauptmann. The districts are in charge of the administration of all matters of federal and state administrative law and subject to orders from the higher instances, usually the Landeshauptmann (governor) in matters of federal law and the Landesregierung (state government) in state law. Thus, the district is the basic unit of general administration in Austria.

Officials on the district level are not elected, but appointed by the state government. There are also independent cities in Austria. They are called Statutarstadt in Austrian administrative law. These cities are not part of any district and the city administration covers all matters usually a district administration would do.

Usually, an independent city is home to a district administration which is responsible for the surrounding area of the respective city. For example, Innsbruck is an independent city surrounded by the district "Innsbruck-Land" of which the district administration is situated in the city of Innsbruck.

Vienna, which is both a state and a Statutarstadt, is further subdivided into districts, which are divisions used for local administration by the city government.

For more information on Austrian administration, see States of Austria.

List of political districts

Political district Vehicle registration code Administrative center State
Amstetten (district) AM Amstetten Lower Austria
Baden (district) BN Baden Lower Austria
Bludenz (district) BZ Bludenz Vorarlberg
Braunau am Inn (district) BR Braunau am Inn Upper Austria
Bregenz (district) B Bregenz Vorarlberg
Bruck an der Leitha (district) BL Bruck an der Leitha Lower Austria
Bruck an der Mur (district) BM Bruck an der Mur Styria
Deutschlandsberg (district) DL Deutschlandsberg Styria
Dornbirn (district) DO Dornbirn Vorarlberg
Eferding (district) EF Eferding Upper Austria
Eisenstadt-Umgebung EU Eisenstadt Burgenland
Feldbach (district) FB Feldbach Styria
Feldkirch (district) FK Feldkirch Vorarlberg
Feldkirchen (district) FE Feldkirchen in Kärnten Carinthia
Freistadt (district) FR Freistadt Upper Austria
Fürstenfeld (district) FF Fürstenfeld Styria
Gänserndorf (district) GF Gänserndorf Lower Austria
Gmünd (district) GD Gmünd Lower Austria
Gmunden (district) GM Gmunden Upper Austria
Graz-Umgebung GU Graz Styria
Grieskirchen (district) GR Grieskirchen Upper Austria
Güssing (district) GS Güssing Burgenland
Hallein (district) HA Hallein Salzburg
Hartberg (district) HB Hartberg Styria
Hermagor HE Hermagor-Pressegger See Carinthia
Hollabrunn (district) HL Hollabrunn Lower Austria
Horn (district) HO Horn Lower Austria
Imst (district) IM Imst Tirol
Innsbruck-Land IL Innsbruck Tirol
Jennersdorf (district) JE Jennersdorf Burgenland
Judenburg (district) JU Judenburg Styria
Kirchdorf an der Krems (district) KI Kirchdorf an der Krems Upper Austria
Kitzbühel (district) KB Kitzbühel Tirol
Klagenfurt-Land KL Klagenfurt Carinthia
Knittelfeld (district) KF Knittelfeld Styria
Korneuburg (district) KO Korneuburg Lower Austria
Krems-Land KR Krems an der Donau Lower Austria
Kufstein (district) KU Kufstein Tirol
Landeck (district) LA Landeck Tirol
Leibnitz (district) LB Leibnitz Styria
Leoben (district) LN Leoben Styria
Lienz (district) LZ Lienz Tirol
Liezen (district) LI (BA, GB)[1] Liezen Styria
Lilienfeld (district) LF Lilienfeld Lower Austria
Linz-Land LL Linz Upper Austria
Mattersburg (district) MA Mattersburg Burgenland
Melk (district) ME Melk Lower Austria
Mistelbach (district) MI Mistelbach Lower Austria
Mödling (district) MD Mödling Lower Austria
Murau (district) MU Murau Styria
Mürzzuschlag (district) MZ Mürzzuschlag Styria
Neunkirchen (district) NK Neunkirchen Lower Austria
Neusiedl am See (district) ND Neusiedl am See Burgenland
Oberpullendorf (district) OP Oberpullendorf Burgenland
Oberwart (district) OW Oberwart Burgenland
Perg (district) PE Perg Upper Austria
Radkersburg (district) RA Bad Radkersburg Styria
Reutte (district) RE Reutte Tirol
Ried im Innkreis (district) RI Ried im Innkreis Upper Austria
Rohrbach (district) RO Rohrbach im Mühlkreis Upper Austria
Salzburg-Umgebung SL Salzburg Salzburg
Sankt Johann im Pongau (district) JO Sankt Johann im Pongau Salzburg
Sankt Pölten-Land PL Sankt Pölten Lower Austria
Sankt Veit an der Glan (district) SV Sankt Veit an der Glan Carinthia
Schärding (district) SD Schärding Upper Austria
Scheibbs (district) SB Scheibbs Lower Austria
Schwaz (district) SZ Schwaz Tyrol
Spittal an der Drau (district) SP Spittal an der Drau Carinthia
Steyr-Land SE Steyr Upper Austria
Tamsweg (district) TA Tamsweg Salzburg
Tulln (district) TU Tulln Lower Austria
Urfahr-Umgebung UU Linz Upper Austria
Villach-Land VL Villach Carinthia
Vöcklabruck (district) VB Vöcklabruck Upper Austria
Voitsberg (district) VO Voitsberg Styria
Völkermarkt (district) VK Völkermarkt Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Thaya (district) WT Waidhofen an der Thaya Lower Austria
Weiz (district) WZ Weiz Styria
Wels-Land WL Wels Upper Austria
Wiener Neustadt-Land WB Wiener Neustadt Lower Austria
Wien-Umgebung WU Klosterneuburg Lower Austria
Wolfsberg (district) WO Wolfsberg Carinthia
Zell am See (district) ZE Zell am See Salzburg
Zwettl (district) ZT Zwettl Lower Austria

List of independent cities

City Vehicle registration code State
Eisenstadt E[2] Burgenland
Graz G Styria
Innsbruck I Tirol
Klagenfurt K Carinthia
Krems an der Donau KS Lower Austria
Leoben LE Styria
Linz L Upper Austria
Rust E[2] Burgenland
Salzburg S Salzburg
Sankt Pölten P Lower Austria
Schwechat SW Lower Austria
Steyr SR Upper Austria
Villach VI Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Ybbs WY Lower Austria
Wels WE Upper Austria
Wien (Vienna) W Wien (Vienna)
Wiener Neustadt WN Lower Austria
  1. ^ Vehicle registration plates issued in the district of Liezen usually show the LI-code. However, in the areas around Bad Aussee and Gröbming which are nevertheless part of Liezen district registration plates showing the BA- or GB-code respectively are issued.
  2. ^ a b The cities of Eisentadt and Rust share the E-code on their vehicle registration plates.


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