The residents of ‘Fucke’ have unanimously decided to rename their village, but the process will be long and there is no guarantee of success
Residents of the small Swedish village of Fucke have officially applied to change their name, citing social media frustration and censorship as reasons for their dissatisfaction with the 16th-century name.
The process started last year when a holiday home owner contacted Sweden’s National Land Survey to see if the village’s name could be changed. Residents can apply, but a strong argument is needed because Fucke is a historic name dating back to 1547, the agency said.
The uncertainty has not discouraged residents of the 11-family village on the shores of Fuckesjön (‘Fucke Lake’) in northern Sweden. A collective petition has been filed to change the name to the less controversial Dalsro (“Quiet Valley”).
“This is a very pretty village.Residents are happy, no one wants to move, but everyone wants to change the village name,” one of the locals told SVT news channel.
He said the current name would present challenges when advertising summer rentals and online sales, saying “can be difficult“Post about the village on Facebook because the word “fuck” is often blocked.
When considering historical name changes, the National Land Survey regularly consults the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Institute of Language and Folklore, which must conduct their own research, draw conclusions and then make recommendations.
“If a new name is created, the impact on the pre-existing name must be considered.So if a place already has an established name, there needs to be a good reason to change it,” the Bureau of Land Survey explained to STV in an email.
This means that it may take several months for Fucke residents to know the outcome of their application, and there is no guarantee they will be successful. In fact, in 2007, residents of the village of Fjuckby lost a bid to rename it.
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