Luis Durnwalder

Lega Nord Democratic Party (Italy) South Tyrolean People's Party
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Luis Durnwalder
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President of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
In office
17 February 2008 – 15 June 2011
Preceded byLorenzo Dellai
Succeeded byLorenzo Dellai
Preceded byCarlo Andreotti
Governor of South Tyrol
In office
17 March 1989 – 9 January 2014
Preceded bySilvius Magnago
Succeeded byArno Kompatscher
Personal details
Born (1941-09-23) 23 September 1941 (age 78)
Pfalzen, Italy
Political partySouth Tyrolean People's Party

Luis Durnwalder (born 23 September 1941) is a politician of Italy, former governor of the autonomous province of South Tyrol from 1989 until 2014, and former president and vice-president of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Northern Italy.[1]


Durnwalder was born in Pfalzen. After attending school in Pfalzen and Brixen, he originally planned to enter an Augustinian choir at the Neustift monastery in Brixen; however, Durnwalder decided instead to study agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, additionally he attended lectures in law. During this time he began his political activity and became chairman of the student group Südtiroler Hochschülerschaft (until 1965).

In 1969, he became mayor of his home municipality and in 1973 delegate to the provincial state assembly; he was Regional Counsellor for the Land Register from 1973 to 1978. At that time he also worked as director of the farmers' association, Südtiroler Bauernbund, and moved to Bolzano, where he lives today. After the 1978 elections, he was elected member of the regional government. From 1989 until 2014 he presided over the provincial government as governor (Landeshauptmann).

Durnwalder is a member of the South Tyrolean People's Party.


  1. ^ "North Italy's success story amid faltering faith in Rome". The Daily Telegraph.

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