14 Facts About Werner Faymann


Werner Faymann is an Austrian former politician who was Chancellor of Austria and chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria from 2008 to 2016.


Werner Faymann is in his second marriage and has two children.


In 1981, Faymann became provincial chairman of the Socialist Youth Vienna.


From 1985 to 1988 Werner Faymann was a consultant to the Zentralsparkasse.


Werner Faymann left the bank to become director and provincial chairman of the Viennese Tenants' counselling.


Subsequently, Werner Faymann became a member of the Viennese state parliament and municipal council, where he held various positions concerning housing construction and urban renewal.


Werner Faymann was Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the Cabinet of Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer.


Soon Werner Faymann was seen as the likely successor of Gusenbauer.


Werner Faymann never challenged Gusenbauer openly, but the chancellor faced an internal party rebellion in June 2008 and voluntarily relinquished the party leadership.


On 16 June 2008 Werner Faymann succeeded Gusenbauer as chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria and led the party in the snap legislative elections, held on 28 September 2008.


Werner Faymann was known for his good relationship to Dichand, who would support him in the following election campaign.


In 2012, Austria's government curbed the remit of a parliamentary investigation into high-level corruption and ensured Werner Faymann was not called to testify.


On 9 May 2016, Werner Faymann resigned as chancellor and party leader, after losing confidence from a considerable number of party members, despite retaining confidence from a majority of them.


In domestic affairs, Werner Faymann's administration was notable in enacting a wide range of reforms in areas such as education and social security.