Autocomplete - which whosonfirst data is taken?


using the autocomplete endpoint with the parameter Luigi-Negreli-strasse from the Playground I get a response which contains whosonfirst data in german language, p.e.

“locality”: “Bozen”

If I issue the same query from a local postman running in Italy I get a response in English:

“locality”: “Botzen”

Now my question is:
According to the whosonfirst page “Botzen” is a variant for English. Now while Botzen is an old name of the city, I would expect ORS to pick the eng_x_preferred value?

Is there a way to influence this behaviour?


Hi @Harald_Kofler,

if i search for i don’t get any result:

curl --include \
     --header "Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8" \
     --header "Accept: application/json, application/geo+json, application/gpx+xml, img/png; charset=utf-8" \

Could you please click on the example code button in the playground and post your requests as well as the one you have done from postman without your api key?

Hi @amandus,

sorry, I missspelled the address. this is the correct url:

Up ;),
@amandus, may I ask you for a hint here?


It seems the pelias API is accepting the “Accept-Language” header.
Your browser is automatically setting that (next to many others) by default making it return the german variant (Bozen):

(curl format)
--header "Accept-Language: de,en-US;q=0.7,en;q=0.3" \

If you do not send that header, it will default to engish (Botzen).

Best regards

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@amandus, thanks- this fixed my issue!