Through Middle Low German Kontor, from French comptoir, from Latin computāre 'calculate, compute'. After spreading via the League, the word kontor continues to mean 'office' in the Scandinavian languages and in Estonian, while kantoor is used in Dutch. Probably from Dutch, and quite possibly thanks to Peter the Great, the word, as контора (kantora), is also one term for 'office' in Russian and Ukrainian. The latest word for 'office' in Russian is офис (ofis).
Of all the kontor buildings, only Bergen's kontor, known as Bryggen in Norway, has survived until the present day. The Hanseatic kontor at Bryggen was closed in 1754 and replaced by a "Norwegian kontor", run by Norwegian citizens, but still with a large element of German immigrants. Bergen's kontor is on the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage sites.
- BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/A2MFANtn3Z/hanseatic_league
- Hanseatic League https://www.hanse.org/en/hanseatic-cities/bergen/
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1195393)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 June 2010.