Town called ‘F***ing’ changes its name after tourists flock to have sex by sign

A small town in Austria with a famously profane name will be given a less offensive one.

F***ing is located in the Branau district in the northern part of the country, with a population of just 106 permanent residents.

It's attracted a healthy number of English-speaking tourists over the years who come for a visit in order to pose in front of the town's signs.

There have even been instances of theft, with tourists making off with the signs as comedic souvenirs. Local authorities were forced to concrete and weld the signs in 2005 in order to prevent them from being stolen.

In 2009, the town had to install CCTV cameras to discourage tourists from filming themselves having sex in front of the F***ing signs.

But all the fun will come to an end next year after the Tarsdorf municipal council ruled yes on a name change.

From 2021, F***ing will be known instead as Fugging, which is pronounced almost the same but is not a swear word in any language.

Mayor Andrea Holzner confirmed the renaming on Thursday, and said the change would take place early next year.

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The news has been met with sadness by those who were fans of the town's iconic name.

Austrian writer Kurt Palm published a novel in 2010 called Bad F***ing which was set in the town, and the book was later adapted into a successful film.

It's believed the town was founded in the 6th century by a Bavarian nobleman called Focko.

Its spelling has evolved over the years, with early records referring to the town as Vucchingen in 1070, Fuching in 1303, Fughking in 1532 and its modern spelling by the 18th century.

It's pronounced to rhyme with "booking".

F***ing first started attracting foreign visitors after World War II, when British and American soldiers based in nearby Salzburg heard of its name and travelled to take pictures next to its street signs.

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