Press release no. 17/2013 of August 27, 2013

4,451 candidates for the 2013 Bundestag Election

WIESBADEN – A total of 4,451 candidates, including 1,149 women (25.8 %), have listed for the Bundestag election on 22 September 2013. This was reported by the Federal Returning Officer, Roderich Egeler, at a press conference held in Berlin today on the 2013 Bundestag Election. In the last election in September 2009, there were just 3,556 candidates.

In the coming election, 1,005 people stand as candidates only in a constituency and 1,746 have listed only on a Land list, while 1,700 have listed as candidates both in a constituency and on a Land list.

The 233 Land lists of the 30 parties (2009: 200 Land lists of 27 parties) admitted in the Länder to participate with Land lists in the 2013 Bundestag Election include a total of 3,446 (in 2009: 2,705) candidates, 1,027 or 29.8 % (in 2009: 845 or 31.2 %) of whom are women.

The numbers of Land list candidates are as follows:

Party Total Percentage of women (in %)
2013 2009 2013 2009
CDU 399 397 35.8 35.5
SPD 415 438 40.5 37.2
FDP 324 346 20.1 22.5
DIE LINKE 187 227 50.3 45.8
GRÜNE 281 198 50.9 49.5
CSU 70 63 30.0 31.7
Others 1,770 1,036 22.2 23.3

Constituency candidates of the CDU and CSU, SPD and GRÜNE have listed in all 299 constituencies. As regards the FDP and DIE LINKE, 298 constituency nominations each have been admitted.

The total number of candidates for direct election nominated at the constituency level, taking account of all parties, political associations and individual candidates, amounts to 2,705 (in 2009: 2,195), including 607 or 22.4 % (in 2009: 522 or 23.8 %) women. The average number of candidates per constituency is 9.

The youngest candidate in the 2013 Bundestag Election is born in 1995 and stands for election on a Land list in Bayern, while the oldest candidate is born in 1923 and has listed on a Land list in Berlin. The average age of the 4,451 candidates is 47.4 years as was the case in the 2009 Bundestag Election. Not considering parties which have been admitted with just one candidate for direct election each, the average age of candidates is lowest in the Partei DIE RECHTE (25.8 years) and highest in the party Ab jetzt…Demokratie durch Volksabstimmung (Volksabstimmung) (69.3 years).

Comprehensive and detailed information on the nominations admitted and on the candidates standing for election is contained in the special issue “Die Wahlbewerber für die Wahl zum 18. Deutschen Bundestag 2013” (The candidates for the election to the 18th German Bundestag 2013), which has now been released in the series of publications of the Federal Returning Officer. The special issue contains, among other things, a list of the names of all candidates and summaries such as on the share of women and on the age and the groups of occupations of the candidates.

The special issue is available as a pdf file for free download from the website of the Federal Returning Officer at: → Bundestag election 2013 → Publications

At a price of 18.00 euros, it can also be obtained from booksellers or direct from this address:

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Press copies are available from the

Press Office of the Federal Statistical Office
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In addition, the information on the candidates is available on the website of the Federal Returning Officer at: -> Bundestag election 2013 -> Political parties & Candidates


For further information:
Office of the Federal Returning Officer
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