Responsibilities of AKO

  • Coordination of all federal and provincial services dealing with geographical names in Austria as well as the competent scientific institutions and private cartography with the main objective of promoting the standardisation of Austria’s geographical names in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations.
  • Expert opinions and contributions/solutions to specific problems such as: pronunciation of geographical names of Austria on radio and television, application of water names on road bridges, use of place names on official place-name signs
  • Preparation of Recommendation No. 46: “ÖROK Recommendation on the standardisation of geographical names” of 15 May 1998
  • Participation in the “Recommendation of the Standing Committee on Geographical Names (StAGN) on the application of the new German spelling rules to geographical names” (Kartographische Nachrichten, H. 1, 2000).