Fucking, Austria

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Fucking
Village
The frequently stolen traffic sign[1] at the entrance to the village of Fucking.
The frequently stolen traffic sign[1] at the entrance to the village of Fucking.
CountryAustria
StateUpper Austria
RegionInnviertel
MunicipalityTarsdorf
Establishedsince at least 1070
Named for6th century nobleman named Focko
Population
 • Total104
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
5121 Tarsdorf
Area code(s)07940
Licence plateBR

Fucking (IPA: [ˈfʊkɪŋ]) is an Austrian village[2] in the municipality of Tarsdorf,[3] in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria.

The village is 33 kilometres north of Salzburg, four kilometres east of the German border and can be travelled to in half an hour by car from the town of Petting, in Bavaria.

History[change | change source]

Fucking has existed since at least 1070 and is named after a man from the 6th century called "Fuko". In old Germanic, "-ing" is used to describe people as belonging to their leader; so "Fucking" means "(place of) Fuko’s people."[4] The village has a population of 104.

Fucking's most famous feature is a traffic sign with its name on it, which tourists often photograph. This street sign is often stolen.[5] Significant public funds have been spent on replacing the stolen signs.[6]

In 2004, because many signs had been stolen, a vote was held to change the village name, but the villagers voted not to change.[4] In August 2005, the road signs were welded to a very strong pole.[6] This made it more difficult to steal them.

References[change | change source]

  1. "F***ing signs now theft-proof". Ananova. Archived from the original on 30 September 2005. Retrieved 15 December 2006. The Austrian town of F***ing has erected theft-proof road signs embedded in concrete blocks. Officials acted because they were fed up with English-speaking tourists stealing them as souvenirs.
  2. Tarsdorf Official map
  3. Official governmental Homepage of Tarsdorf Municipality
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brits steal carloads of Fucking Austrian roadsigns
  5. Urban Legends Reference Pages: Welcome to Austria
  6. 6.0 6.1 What’s the F---ing joke?

Coordinates: 48°04′02″N 12°51′49″E / 48.06722°N 12.86361°E / 48.06722; 12.86361