A good news for European dot-com web hosting market came after EURid, the European domain names administrator announced that .EU domain name became the third largest Internet top level domain in Europe. The European Top Level Domain (TLD) .EU has become available for registration since April 2006.
2 million .EU domains are registered at this time.
The .EU domain name gains growing popularity in Germany where consumers registered 631 012 domains. UK holds the second place in Europe with web site owners who got 373 798 .EU names. Dutch webmasters are third in a row. They left behind big nations such as France, Spain, Italy and Poland with a 259 registered domain names.
The .EU domain is now the third largest extension in Europe and the seventh worldwide. It passed the Dutch national .NL by popularity. Only Germany’s .dot-DE and the British dot-UK domains are more popular than .EU accross Europe.
On the global domain market .EU is still behind the .info, .org, .net and .com names.
“When we opened .eu for the public in April this year we were convinced it would prove popular, but no one anticipated these high numbers. We are pleased to see that people from all European countries have shown an interest in conveying a European identity on the Internet,” said Marc Van Wesemael, Managing Director for EURid, a not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to administer .EU domains.
EURid (status.eurid.eu) provides statistics that offers information about complete list of .EU domains registered by country.