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.nl domains

Introduced April 25, 1986
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry SIDN
Sponsor SIDN
Intended use Entities connected with the Netherlands
Actual use Very popular in the Netherlands
Registration restrictions None
Structure Registrations are taken directly at the second level

.nl is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Netherlands. Registrations are processed via a network of participants. It is one of the more popular ccTLDs, ranked 6th in the quarterly VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief of September 2016 for the third quarter of 2016, with over 5.6 million registered domain names.

It was one of the first ccTLD to be registered, when the authority for the .nl domain was handed over to Piet Beertema of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in 1986.

Since January 31, 1996 .nl domains are registered by the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN, in English: Foundation for Internet Domain Registration Netherlands), based in Arnhem. Most registrars are ISPs, IT service bureaus and media service bureaus, but several large enterprises with many brand names have also become a registrar, or participant as SIDN calls them, which is a quite uncommon phenomenon in the domain name industry. Registrars have to pay SIDN a fee for each domain since April 1, 1996, until then registration was free. SIDN does not deal directly with Registrants. In the early days, most of the registrants were universities and research departments of large companies, such as Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium.

.NL domain name - Netherlands

.NL is the country code domain for the Netherlands. It is operated by the Dutch registry SIDN and can be registered by anyone for a minimum one year period.

.NL Format

Minimum length ——2 characters
Maximum length——63 characters
Numbers——Allowed (full-numeric)
Hyphen——Allowed (middle only)
IDN——Not allowed

.NL Registration Period

Minimum subscription period——1 year
Minimum renewal period——1 year
Renewal increment——1 year
Registration delay——1-3 days

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