What is the difference between zuständig and verantwortlich?

Duolingo says that "zuständig" and "verantwortlich" both mean "responsible," but my dictionary only gives "relevant" as a translation for "zuständig."

So what do each of these words mean and what is there difference?

August 18, 2014


zuständig: in charge
verantwortlich: responsible

"Zuständig" is who has to carry out a certain task. "Verantwortlich" is the one who is (legally) responsible for it. You can also be "verantwortlich" for a damage, for a child etc...

Of yourse someone who is "zuständig" for something will also often be "verantwortlich" if he didn't do it right or something went wrong!

August 18, 2014

danke schön

June 12, 2018

For the various meanings of 'zuständig', also see:

July 19, 2015
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