North Rhine-Westphalia state election, 2017

The turnout was 65.17%, higher than the 2012 elections (59.6%).

An election was held on 14 May 2017 to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The incumbent government at the election is the SPD –Green administration of Minister President Hannelore Kraft. The main opposition consists of the CDU, led by Armin Laschet since 2014, and the FDP led by Christian Lindner.


CDU became the largest party, whereas the ruling SPD and Greens lost votes. The Pirates were ousted from the Landtag, whereas the AfD gained parliamentary representation. FDP got their best result in history. Die Linke narrowly failed to get parliamentary representation. Voter turnout was higher than in the previous election.


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