Fucke this: Swedish village decides to change its name
The residents of the Swedish village of ‘Fucke’ have decided to change the name after getting tired of being censored for writing about their lives on Facebook.
Located on the Swedish High Coast, this small hamlet consists of just 11 properties.
It is located on the shores of Fuckesjön (‘Fucke Lake’) and within walking distance of another small settlement – ‘Hump’ – on the shores of Humpsjön (‘Hump Lake’).
The inhabitants of the Swedish village of ‘Fucke’ (pictured) have decided to change the name after they were tired of being censored for writing about their lives on Facebook
According to the Institute of Language and Folklore, the earliest records of Fucke date from 1547, where it is described as ‘by a lake, very high on a hill with very steep fields’.
But despite its historical roots, homeowners in Fucke are fed up — mainly because their posts are censored by Facebook when they try to write about their village on social media, or when they try to sell things online.
Now they have united by submitting an application to The National Land Survey of Sweden to change the village’s name to Dalsro (“Silent Valley”).
However, according to the Swedish STV, the process could take some time and the residents of Fucke are unlikely to have an answer before the summer.
Firstly, the board must consider the matter together with the Institute for Languages and Ancient Monuments.
Place names are regulated by the country’s Cultural Environment Act and the rules of the law governing the good practice of place names.
Place name uses under this law mean, among other things, that place names must be written according to accepted standards for written Swedish, as well as the fact that place names currently in use cannot be changed unless there are exceptional reasons, said the Dat told National Land Survey. of Sweden in an email to STV.
‘When new names are created, the effect on previously existing names must be considered. So if a place already has an established name, there must be good reasons to change it.’
In 2007, 15 residents of the Swedish village of Fjuckby – a village in Uppsala with only 60 inhabitants – unsuccessfully tried to change the name of their town to Fjukeby.
Located on the Swedish High Coast (pictured), this small hamlet consists of just 11 properties. It is located on the shores of Fuckesjön (‘Fucke Lake’) and within walking distance of another small settlement – ‘Hump’ – on the shores of Humpsjön (‘Hump Lake’)
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Instead, the National Land Survey chose to follow the advice of the Institute of Language and Folklore to keep the original name.
There are a number of other Swedish villages with names that raise eyebrows.
In the ski town of Mora there is a place called Rövhålet, which literally translates as The B***hole.
While Djupröven also causes a lot of embarrassment to the locals, because it means Deep A***.
In the north of Sweden, about 150 km from Skellefteå, lies the hospitable region of Sexträsk, also known as Sex Swamp.
And for those venturing north of Stockholm, look out for a place called Bögs Gård, which also means Gay’s Farm.
Animal lovers may take offense at the aptly titled Kattsjärten in Värmland, which has a local translation of Cat’s Bottom.
Meanwhile, Snoossen is also known as Snot Bog, with Varberg in Halland County as Puss Mountain.
Residents of a town in Austria were luckier than those in Fjuckby when they successfully petitioned in December 2020 to change their town called ‘F***ing’ to the less rude ‘Fugging’.
Residents of a town in Austria were luckier than those in Fjuckby when they successfully petitioned in December 2020 to change their town called ‘F***ing’ (depicted on a road sign) to the less rude ‘Fugging’
Local residents, of whom there are only 100, have endured decades of pranks by Anglophones and the frequent theft of their plates by visitors.
Tourists often made it a point to take selfies in front of the signpost at the entrance to the city and post them on social media.
In 2018, the pornographic website Pornhub said it offered premium access to F***ing residents.
The city council of Tarsdorf has decided that the town of F***ing, after almost 1,000 years of existence, will be renamed Fugging from January 1, 2021.
Announcing the name change in November, Mayor Andrea Holzner said: “I confirm that it has indeed been decided by the city council. I won’t say anything more about it.’
However, when the new signs were put up, hapless locals smeared them with black paint to show the original name ‘F***ing’.