Jörg Haider (26 January 1950 – 11 October 2008) was an Austrian politician. He was the long-time leader of the Freedom Party of Austria and later Chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, a breakaway party.
Haider was a controversial figure within Austria and abroad, for reasons such as somewhat politically incorrect statements regarding the National Socialist period. Several countries imposed mild diplomatic sanctions against his party's participation in the government, starting from 2000. Haider died in a car accident shortly after the 2008 Austrian Parliamentary elections.