Fugging, Lower Austria

Fugging (German: [ˈfʊɡɪŋ]) is a village in the municipality of Obritzberg-Rust, Sankt Pölten-Land, Austria. It is located in the state of Lower Austria[1] and was known as Fucking until 1836.

Fugging is located in Austria
Coordinates: 48°17′26.45″N 15°37′33.088″E / 48.2906806°N 15.62585778°E / 48.2906806; 15.62585778Coordinates: 48°17′26.45″N 15°37′33.088″E / 48.2906806°N 15.62585778°E / 48.2906806; 15.62585778
DistrictSankt Pölten-Land District
StateLower Austria

History of nameEdit

Fugging was first referred to as Fucking in 1195 in a local monastery's parish records. Its name was later changed from Fucking to Fugging for an unknown reason c. 1836.[2][3] While it is not known why the village changed its name, it has been speculated by its current mayor that because Fugging is closer to Vienna than the other village of Fucking is, it would have likely had more English-speaking visitors who might have raised questions regarding its name, which is also an English vulgar slang word for sexual intercourse.[2] The village's placename signs are firmly mounted to prevent street sign theft.[4]

In 2012, there were reports that the village of Fucking in Upper Austria attempted to change its name to Fugging through a referendum after receiving large amounts of prank phone calls from English speakers about the village's name.[3] According to these reports, they were unable to do so because Fugging in Lower Austria was already so named; Fugging mayor Andreas Dockner said that "We think one Fugging in Austria is enough".[2] However, Franz Meindl, the mayor of Fucking, rejected the claim that his town was planning on changing its name: "This was discussed a few years ago but nothing came of it. It is certainly not under discussion now."[5] However, in November 2020, the Tarsdorf council voted to change the Upper Austrian village's name to Fugging, effective on 1 January 2021.[6] Both villages' names are derived from Focko, a Bavarian noble from the sixth century.[7]


Fugging has a village church that was built in 1894 and consecrated in 1896. It was later renovated in 1984 after the roof required repair work after damage from persistent hailstorms.[8] Fugging also has a small volunteer fire department located within it.[9]


  1. ^ "Fugging, Niederösterreich, Austria in Obritzberg-Rust - Lower Austria - Austria". Eventzz.net (archived). Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Fucking village told they can't be renamed Fugging because name is already taken". Daily Mirror. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "No Fugging chance for name change". Austrian Times. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Fugging war auch einmal Fucking" (in German). noe.ORF.at. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Nothing profane about our name Austrian hamlet says". Reuters. 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Fugging Hell: Tired Of Mockery, Austrian Village Changes Name". Barron's. Agence France-Presse. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  7. ^ Schulz, Sam (18 April 2012). "Austrian Village Votes to Change Troublesome Name". NBC. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  8. ^ "RiS-Kommunal - Dorfkapelle Fugging". Obritzberg-Rust. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Brennpunkt Fugging, im Geschehen die Feuerwehr - Sankt Pölten" (in German). meinbezirk.at. Retrieved 11 January 2014.