Wolfgang Schüssel was born on 7 June 1945 in Vienna. (Note: When Schüssel is printed without the umlaut, or accent, over the u, it is often spelled Schuessel.) After primary school, he attended secondary school at the Schotten Gymnasium, where he obtained his higher school certificate in 1963. He then studied law at the University of Vienna where he graduated as a doctor of law in 1968. Schüssel is married to a psychotherapist and has two children.