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Introduced  2006
Status  Active
TLD type  Country code top-level domain
Registry  Ålands Landskapsregeringen
Sponsor  Ålands Landskapsregeringen
Intended use  Entities connected with the  Åland Islands

.ax is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the Åland Islands, introduced in 2006. Previously, most Åland websites were under the subdomain.



On February 17, 2006, the Finnish parliament approved a modification of the laws regulating Finnish domain names to include the .ax top-level domain. During a three-year period, the subdomain was phased out while .ax was used in parallel; no new registrations under the subdomain were to be accepted, and all owners of domains under the subdomain would receive registrations for the corresponding .ax domain.[1]

On March 17, 2006, Finnish president Tarja Halonen signed the bill into law, effective as of March 27, 2006.[2] The government of Åland began accepting registrations immediately following the changing of the law.

On June 9, 2006, ICANN approved delegating the .ax top-level domain to the government of Åland.[3] The .ax domain was added to the root zone on June 21, 2006, and became active on August 15, 2006.[4] The code ax itself comes from the ISO 3166 standard, and was assigned to Åland in 2004.

Registration requirements

Domain names .an be granted to:

  • A legal person with a set place of business or who is registered on the Åland Islands. (Finnish citizenship or corporate registration does not suffice; a 5-year residency requirement is in place.)
  • A public sector entity, government owned business, independent public institution or public association that is acting on the Åland Islands or has been registered here.
  • A person, at least 15 years of age, whose home municipality is on the Åland Islands or who has the Right of Domicile as defined in the Autonomy Act.[5]
  • References

    .ax Wikipedia