FDP party membership in Germany: additions, resignations and deaths 2008-2018

This statistic shows the development of membership numbers in the FDP party in Germany from 2008 to 2017, by additions, resignations and deaths. In 2018, 5,432 new members joined the party, 3,162 resigned and there were 531 deaths among members. Christian Lindner has been the head of the party since 2013. The FDP stands for Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei).

FDP party membership development in Germany: number of additions, resignations and deaths from 2008 to 2018*

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Resignations and deaths are displayed with a minus sign due to representation reasons.

** Additions: first recording of data during joining + renewed joining (stay abroad, resignation) + non-member (such as youth organization) becomes member + guest becomes member + backdated joining. Also counted are those who resigned during the year. Not counted are those who changed their local organization unit during the year, resigning in the old and joining the new.

** Resignations: only explicit resignations. The following categories were not counted: address unknown, card index adjustment, unresolvable departure, exclusion, withdrawal due to failure to pay fees.

Note from source: it should be emphasized that the equation end-of-year numbers from previous year + additions - resignations – deaths = end-of-year numbers isn’t valid due to various reasons (additional addition and resignation types such as deletion due to unpaid fees, exclusion, delays in data recording, possible double payments and errors in data recording).

**** According to the source, in 2012 3,433 departures were recorded, among them 66 were identified as deaths (a breakdown by resignations and other reasons was not recorded that year).

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