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direct/ EUrid (SE) - Two thirds of the online Europeans are aware of .eu

04-06-2007 06:28 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: EURid

Just one year after its launch, almost two thirds (63%) of the European online population are aware of the .eu Internet top level domain name and 45 % know that they, as residents of EU, can get their own .eu domain name. These are some of the findings of a survey conducted by the independent company, InSites, on behalf of EURid.

"The registration growth has been exceptional and the increasing awareness of .eu domain names has played a significant role in this," Patrik Lindén, EURid´s Communications Manager, commented.

Further statistics show that almost half of those surveyed associate a .eu website or email address with something "European", 25% do not pay attention to the top level domain while surfing and 10% believe that .eu domains have an "international" feel.

Residents of the Czech Republic, Poland, Luxembourg, Greece, The Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark are the most .eu-aware while those in Finland, France, Hungary, Spain and the UK are lagging behind.

Strong growth
With 2.6 million registrations in a year, .eu is now Europe´s third-largest name space, behind .de (Germany) and .uk (Great Britain) and is slightly ahead of .nl (The Netherlands). Internationally, .eu is only surpassed by .info, .org, .net and .com.

About 30 percent of .eu domain names have been registered by private individuals while companies and organisations have acquired the rest. German users have the largest slice of the .eu cake, with over 795 000 .eu registered domain names. The next most enthusiastic subscribers to the new top-level domain have been the citizens of the UK with just above 439 000 .eu domain names registered, followed by the Dutch with slightly more than 320 000 names.

See the EURid website for more details on the survey:
http://www.eurid.eu/content/view/199/26/lang,en/

About EURid - The European Registry of Internet Domain Names
Eurid is the not-for-profit organization appointed by the European Commission to register and manage .eu domain names. EURid was founded in April 2003, with headquarters in Brussels and regional offices in Stockholm, Prague and a planned further office in Italy. The founding members, DNS.be, NIC-SE, and IIT CNR, operate the country top-level domains for Belgium (.be,) Sweden (.se) and Italy (.it) respectively. The registries Arnes (Slovenian domain, .si,) CZ-NIC (Czech domain, .cz) and the European chapter of the Internet Society, ISOC, are associated members.
See also: www.eurid.eu

For further information, please contact
Patrik Lindén, Communications manager at EURid
Patrik.linden@eurid.eu or +46 70 550 71 98

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