Austrian States and their Governments
There are 9 states in Austria and each of them has a governor — called Landeshauptmann or Landeshauptfrau). I created a visualization that shows each state in the color of the governor’s party in the years 1945–2016.
Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Upper Austria, Vienna, Vorarlberg
- Black = ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party)
- Red = SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria)
- Blue = FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria)
- Orange = BZÖ (Alliance for the Future of Austria)
- Light Blue = FPK (Freedom Party in Carinthia)
How did I do it?
Again, getting the data was no problem, this Wikipedia-entry was all I needed. Next step: the map. Like with charts and graphs, there are a lot of mapping-tools out there. I chose CartoDB as they provide a free plan and many of the example maps convinced me.
At this point the interesting part begins as I had to combine my data and the geo-information. CartoDB provides many different datasets, but I couldn’t find one based on Austria. Fortunately, I found this article, written by Konrad Lischka: Here’s how to use data from OpenStreetMap for your infographics.
I’m sure there is a better way to do the following task, but I really don’t know how. That’s why I took a screenshot for every year and created a GIF with these 71 pictures. I just had to make sure that I always take the exact same map section.
The most interesting observation for me was that this visualization shows basically Austrian politics in a nutshell. There are several decades where nothing happens —and in half (!) of the states (Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg) there is not a single change of government (that was the easy part in creating the map) since 1945.