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Burgenland

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Burgenland GeographyBurgenland is the seventh largest of Austria's nine states, or Bundesländer, at 3,962km². The highest point in the province is on the Geschriebenstein, whose summit is 884m above sea level, but the highest point in Burgenland itself is 879 metres above sea level; the lowest point (which is also the lowest point of Austria) at 114m, is in the municipal area of Apetlon.Burgenland borders the Austrian state of Styria to the southwest, and the state of Lower Austria to the northwest. To the east it borders Hungary. In the extreme north and south there are short borders with Slovakia and Slovenia respectively.Burgenland and Hungary share the Neusiedler See, a lake known for its reeds and shallowness, as well as its mild climate throughout the year. The Neusiedler See is Austria's largest lake, and is a great tourist attraction, bringing ornithologists, sailors, and wind and kite surfers into the region north of the lake.PoliticsBurgenland's state assembly has 36 seats. At the election held on 31 May 2015, the Social Democratic Party won 15 seats, the Austrian People's Party won 11 seats, the Freedom Party won 6 seats, the Green Party won 2 seats and the List Burgenland won 2 seats as well. The provincial government is a coalition of the SPÖ and the FPÖ. The voting age for regional elections in Burgenland was reduced to 16 in 2003.
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