** **Preprint (ver. April 11, 2001)
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Abstract: We extend the notion of a tame covering of a pair (X,D) where X is a regular scheme and D is a normal crossing divisor (cf. SGA1), to pairs (X,Y) where X is an arbitrary scheme and Y is a closed subset in X. We show that the abelianized tame fundamental group of a regular scheme which is flat and of finite type over Spec(Z) is finite and does not depend on the choice of a particular compactification. |