The village of F****** in Austria is to change its name.

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Locals in the area have become fed up with tourists having a chuckle at the rude name and will be known as Fugging from the New Year onwards.

Increasing numbers of visitors have taken the opportunity to snap photos of themselves by the signpost marking the entrance to the village. In some cases, the signposts have even been stolen.

Mayor Andrea Holzner told local media: "I can confirm that the village is being renamed.

"I really don’t want to say anything more – we’ve had enough media frenzy about this in the past."

According to Austrian media, the residents "have had enough of visitors and their bad jokes".

One villager said: "We’ve grown very tired of it and we’re doing something about it."