Information about .ax

Users of ax-domain names are often åland companies, people or services but anyone can be users of an ax-domain name. The Government of Åland is working towards registrars and supervises and administers the registrar-model. The Government manage the domain name registry and name service (DNS) for ax-root. The Government provide the website that contains information, legislations and the search function to existing and vacant ax-domain names.
On 5 September 2016, a new law on ax-domains entry and with the legislative amendment changed the system for the administration of domain names. Anyone who wishes to register an ax-domain names (domain name holder) turn to any registrar of their own choice and that registrar registers domain name in the Governments domain name registry.
The registrar provides the domain name holder all services: application, renewal, transfer, change of registrar, updating data and removal of the domain name. With the new registrar-model changes also the restrictions on residence and age. A domain name must always be registered on the real user, not for example on the registrar that only manages the domain name of its customer.
Domain names registered before 5 September 2016 continues to be valid under current period of validity, but domain names can only be renewed through a registrar.
The Government charges a fee from registrars for each registration and each renewal of domain names. The fee of domain names is the same for all registrars. Registrars may freely price their own services and set their own prices for their customers.

For domain name holders

A domain name holder makes contact with any registrar of their own choice to register an ax-domain name and all other related services.
Domain name holders current domain names period of validity (domain names registered before 5.9.2016) will not change and the domain names will be valid until normal expiry. The Government will gradually urge domain name holders to move over to any registrar of their own choice.
After the 5.9.2016 the domain name holders no longer be able to renew the validity or update their contact and billing information at the Government, all service is provided at the registrar.
Domain name holders can choose their registrar from the list.
The Government monitors the registry-registrar model and continues to manage the domain name registry and name service (DNS) for ax-root. A domain name must not violate another’s protected name or trademark.

Who can apply for ax-domain name?

A domain name can be registered to a user who is a legal person, a business operator, an individual or other association.
Anyone who wishes to register an ax-domain name turns to any ax-registrar of their own choice.
After the 5 of September 2016, it is no longer only people living on Åland or Åland companies that can use an ax-domain.

Act on domain names

The registration of domain names under the top level domain. ax is governed by the information society code (917/2014) paragraphs about domain names and domain name regulation M68. From 5 september 2016 entered the new law if the toppdomänamnet. ax. The Act stipulates, inter alia, operational model for Administration of domain names, responsibilities and obligations as well as the form and content of the domain name.


Link to pdf domännamnsparagraferna in information society code (917/2014)
Link to pdf Domain Name Regulation 68/2016 M
Link to pdf justification and application of regulation 68

Form of Domain Name

An ax-domain name can generally be freely selected. The law, however, has some limitations in terms of domain names form and content.
A domain name must consist of at least two and a maximum of 63 characters.
Allowed characters in a domain name are:

A domain name may not:

A full description of the domain name is in the form Domännamnsföreskriften M68.


Domain name holders
The person, company or association in which the domain name is registered. Domain name holders are customers of any registar of their own choice. A domain name must be registerd on the real user, not on the registrar or another contractor.
A provider of a service to their customers. The service comprises to apply for and register domain names for their customers’ part at the government. The registrar provides all services related to ax-domain names: application, renewal, transfering, change of registrar, termination and update the domain name holders’ contact information. The registrar complies with the obligations set for a registrar in the Information Society Code and related regulations.
Domain name register
The Government manages a register of all ax-domain names, domain name holders and registrars.
The name server
A name server connects the domain name and the location of other services, such as email and website. Name servers are usually provided by your provider of email and web hosting.


Registrar Land www
Lilla Bodilla Åland
Ålcom Åland
SafeBrands SAS Frankrike
TopNets Technology Co., Ltd Kina
Just-IT Åland Ab Åland
Analystica Oy Finland
Telia Finland Oyj Finland
Berggren Oy Finland
ILJOJA Networks Finland
Woima Hosting Oy Finland
Kommunikativ kompanjon Åland
Curious Web Services Finland
Domain Bank Oy Finland
Gransy s.r.o. Tjeckien
Bob´s Trading Åland
WiBiz Solutions Ltd Mauritius
Online Solutions Oy Finland
Merkel Digital Storbritannien Tyskland
Node Solutions Ltd Finland
Domrr Domains USA
Attendo Oy Finland
Samfundet Folkhälsan Åland
Cynfi Limited Storbritannien
Tibio Oy Finland
Consilia Solutions Ab Åland
Webbhotell iWebben Finland
Catalin Corozanu Rumänien
AppDetex USA
Webbsolut Mediabyrå Åland
Standart AG Lettland
StanCo Serbien och Montenegro
Ax-ItConsult Åland
Namecheap USA
LET’S BRAND | Domainname Experts Nederländerna
NuData Finland
NordName Finland
Electron Networks Storbritannien
NETIM Frankrike
Ports Group AB Sverige
Blissmo Åland
Gandi SAS Frankrike
阿尔法网络 Kina
Arctigo Oy Finland
FebHost Group Limited Hong Kong
Crosskey Åland
Suncomet Finland
mode14 USA
Iter Labs Finland Hong Kong
Ascio Technologies Inc. – Danmark Danmark
101domain GRS Limited Irland
Hittite Consulting Kanada
AsiaRegister, Inc. Hong Kong
Touko Finland USA
Larsen Data ApS – Danmark
Ålands fiskodlarförening rf Åland
Ranta Solutions Finland
M10 Network Services Finland
AinaCom Oy Finland
IP-Connect AB Åland
67 Media Indien
iisisoft Finland
xTom Tyskland
Winter Åland
Mediam Oy/ Finland
Attendo Oy Finland
Vesa Tervo Finland
Finn-Hus AX Consulting Åland
Fiteco Oy Finland
Strax Kommunikation Åland
Solvez Åland
Perfect Sense AB / Sverige
Sebbex Ab Oy Finland
Sarek Finland
Yepp Agency Ab Åland
Rouhun laarIT Finland
MarkMonitor Inc. USA
Jaakko Sirén Finland
Web Solutions ApS Danmark
Speek Finland
Axsept Åland
Key-Systems GmbH Tyskland
John Österlund Consulting Åland
Moment Digital Oy Finland
Felity Group OÜ Estland
ExoMonitor Solutions Storbritannien
SurfNet Finland
Ab Lyc Oy Finland Belgien
AS207960 Cyfyngedig Storbritannien
Nordreg AB Sverige
Scene Group Oy Finland
Stråhle Ab Finland
Frobbit! Sverige
Visibia Åland Åland
FlokiNET Seychellerna
INWX AG Schweiz
Johan Westling Åland
Team Tactics Ab Åland
Nyberg consulting Norge
Omniserv Åland Nederländerna
Monitor Management Consulting Ab Åland
Go Optimal Åland Åland
Heimåt Åland
BoltN Group Storbritannien
NA Finland Storbritannien
Åland IT-konsulter Åland
MMD Networks Oy Finland
Skärgårdslamm Ab Åland
Tool Domains Ltd Bulgarien
SAT AB Åland
Mixat Åland
Fixman Oy Finland
Sake Network Technology Co.,Ltd. Kina
Webhostaus Finland
Crasman Oy Finland
Safenames Limited Storbritannien
Deductive Labs Åland
Staclar, Inc. USA
TwinOak Productions Åland
HS-Works Oy Finland
Bahama Digital Finland
Bits & Bytes Finland
Asianajotoimisto Heinonen & Co Oy Finland
Eriksberg AB Åland
MestWeb Finland
Euronic Oy / Domainkeskus Finland
Kreaturs Ab Åland
Size Networks AB Sverige
Tjudö Marketing Ab Åland
Hallberg media Åland Sverige
Netox Oy Finland
Evulate Åland
LIA-Media Finland
Star Creations Åland
Attendo Ålands Tandläkarna Ab Åland
Code Solutions Ky Finland
DOTSENSEI Storbritannien
Uncode Media Ab Finland
Acquiro Åland