Austrian nuclear power referendum, 1978

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A referendum on the use of nuclear power was held in Austria on 5 November 1978.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a law allowing the peaceful use of nuclear power, particularly relating to the start-up of the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant.[2] Voters narrowly rejected it, with 50.5% voting against. As a result, although the Power Plant was finished, it was never operated and has since been dismantled.

Voter turnout was 64.1%.[2]


Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 1,606,777 50.5
Yes 1,576,709 49.5
Valid votes 3,183,486 97.7
Invalid or blank votes 75,996 2.3
Total votes 3,259,482 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 5,083,779 64.1
Source: Austrian Ministry of the Interior


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p196 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. 1 2 Nohlen & Stöver, p207
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