Other than fi-domain names

Domain names or domains are used in the most essential services in the internet, such as in websites and emails. FICORA administers the .fi domain. Other domains have different administrators.

The Domain Name system of the internet is based on a hierarchical structure. Top-level domains (TLD) are divided as follows:

  • country code top-level domains (ccTLD)
  • generic top-level domains (gTLD).

Country-code top-level domains include, for example, the Finnish .fi, the Swedish .se and the Estonian .ee. Generic top-level domains comprise, for example, the traditional .com, .net and .org as well as hundreds of new gTLDs, such as .xyz, .berlin, .website, .cafe and .ski.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) coordinate and grant all top-level domains, ccTLDs and gTLDs to the operators.

Domain administrators

Each top level domain has an administrator. TLDs are usually administered by a private or public foundation or some other independent organisation.The Finnish .fi domain is administered by FICORA. FICORA maintains the fi-domain name register and ensures that websites and emails ending with .fi function day and night all over the world.

The Finnish Information Society Code regulates the legislation related to fi-domain names. Other domains are administrated by organisations in different countries and they are governed by the laws and agreements of these countries.

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Key words: Internet , Domain names

Updated 11.05.2017

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