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 whois.ax 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.

Terminology

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.
Registrar
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.

Registrars

Registrar Land www
Eriksberg AB Åland http://www.eriksberg.ax
Team Tactics Ab Åland http://www.escaperoom.ax
Node Solutions Ltd Finland http://node.solutions
Touko Finland https://touko.eu/
Vesa Tervo Finland https://domains.zb.fi
Strax Kommunikation Åland https://www.strax.ax/registrera-ax-doman
Domrr Domains USA http://domrr.com/
Attendo Oy Finland http://attendo.fi
Just-IT Åland Ab Åland http://www.justit.ax
Hittite Consulting Kanada http://www.gokce.net
Marit.ax Åland http://www.marit.ax
CMR Sverige https://cynthia.re
Deductive Labs Åland https://www.deductivelabs.com
DOTSENSEI Storbritannien https://dotsensei.com
Yepp Agency Ab Åland http://www.yepp.ax
Blissmo Åland http://www.blissmo.ax
Analystica Oy Finland https://www.analystica.fi
Key-Systems GmbH Tyskland http://www.key-systems.net
Size Networks AB Sverige http://www.size.ax/
SurfNet Finland http://surfnet.fi
TopNets Technology Co., Ltd Kina http://www.1198.cn
Crosskey Åland https://www.crosskey.fi
Samfundet Folkhälsan Åland http://www.folkhalsan.fi
Code Solutions Ky Finland http://www.codesolutions.fi
Webbsolut Mediabyrå Åland https://webbsolut.com/ax-doman
iisisoft Finland https://iisisoft.fi/
Cynfi Limited Storbritannien https://cynfi.com
Ålcom Åland http://www.alcom.ax/formular/domanansokan
Attendo Ålands Tandläkarna Ab Åland http://www.tandlakarna.ax
Evulate Åland http://www.evulate.ax
MMD Networks Oy Finland https://mmd.net/
AviFox LLC USA http://avifoxllc.com
67 Media Indien https://67.media
MEDIA BEAST Finland http://www.beast.fi
bNamed.net Belgien https://www.bNamed.net
Marcaria.com USA http://marcaria.com/ax
Hallberg media Åland https://www.sealake.ax
Orbidat Finland http://www.orbidat.ax
IP-Connect AB Åland http://www.connect.ax
Telia Finland Oyj Finland http://www.telia.fi
Nominate.com Storbritannien http://www.nominate.com/ax.shtml
Suncomet Finland http://www.suncomet.com
Winter Åland https://doman.winter.ax
Mia Rehlinger Tyskland https://neko.am/
Jacob Slater USA https://igloo.to
AppDetex USA https://www.appdetex.com/
Axsept Åland http://www.axsept.ax
Euronic Oy / Domainkeskus Finland http://www.domain.ax
ILJOJA Networks Finland http://palvelimet.net
Sebbex Ab Oy Finland http://www.sebbex.fi
AS207960 Cyfyngedig Storbritannien https://as207960.net
Mediam Oy/Kotisivut.com Finland https://www.kotisivut.com
Ranta Solutions Finland https://www.ranta.solutions
Go Optimal Åland http://www.gooptimal.ax/
Ports Group AB Sverige http://www.ports.domains
Heimåt Åland http://heim.ax
Fixman Oy Finland http://www.fixman.fi
Acquiro Åland http://www.acquiro.se
Woima Hosting Oy Finland https://woima.fi/
FlokiNET Seychellerna https://flokinet.is
HS-Works Oy Finland http://www.hs-works.fi
Kreaturs Ab Åland http://www.kreaturs.net
Namecheap USA https://namecheap.com
Finn-Hus AX Consulting Åland http://www.finn-hus.ax
Ax-ItConsult Åland http://ax-itconsult.com
NuData Finland http://www.nudata.fi
ExoMonitor Solutions Storbritannien https://exomonitor.com
Consilia Solutions Ab Åland http://www.consilia.fi
Webhostaus Finland http://webhostaus.fi
AinaCom Oy Finland https://www.ainacom.fi
Ab Lyc Oy Finland http://lyc.fi
Merkel Digital Storbritannien https://matthias.zone
Johan Westling Åland http://domain.westling.ax
Tool Domains Ltd Bulgarien https://tool.domains/
Registrar.eu Nederländerna https://www.openprovider.com
NETIM Frankrike http://www.netim.com/domain-name/ax-domain.html
CSC USA http://cscdigitalbrand.services
Web Solutions ApS Danmark https://web-solutions.eu/
Uncode Media Ab Finland http://www.uncodemedia.com
Gandi SAS Frankrike https://www.gandi.net/
SafeBrands SAS Frankrike https://safebrands.com/
Perfect Sense AB / Webb.se Sverige https://www.webb.se
AB Name ISP Sverige http://www.NameISP.com
Safenames Limited Storbritannien https://www.safenames.net/
NA Finland https://22.fi/
Scene Group Oy Finland http://www.scenegroup.fi
Åland IT-konsulter Åland http://www.itkonsulterna.ax
Berggren Oy Finland http://www.berggren.eu
Visibia Åland Åland http://www.visibia.ax
AsiaRegister, Inc. Hong Kong https://www.asiaregister.com
Solvez Åland http://solvez.com
123domain.eu Tyskland http://www.123domain.eu
Monitor Management Consulting Ab Åland http://www.monitor.ax
Ascio Technologies Inc. – Danmark Danmark http://www.ascio.com
Attendo Oy Finland http://Attendo.fi
M10 Network Services Finland https://services.m10.fi
Standart AG Lettland https://standart.lv/
FebHost Group Limited Hong Kong http://www.febhost.com
Ålands fiskodlarförening rf Åland http://www.fiskodlarna.ax
Omniserv Åland http://omniserv.ax
Lilla Bodilla Åland http://www.lillabodilla.com
Larsen Data ApS – GratisDNS.com Danmark http://GratisDNS.com
SAT AB Åland http://www.sat.ax
Nordreg AB Sverige http://nordreg.se
NordName Finland https://nordname.com
Electron Networks Storbritannien https://electronnet.pw
GRAND DOMAINS Finland http://www.granidom.com
Arctigo Oy Finland http://www.arctigo.fi
Curious Web Services Finland http://cws.simplycurious.se
Jaakko Sirén Finland http://www.siren.ax
Iron Lions Finland https://ironlions.fi
Felity Group OÜ Estland http://www.open.ee
Frobbit! Sverige https://frobbit.se/
MarkMonitor Inc. USA https://markmonitor.com/
StanCo Serbien och Montenegro https://www.istanco.com
Nyberg consulting Norge http://www.axgan.ax
Iter Labs Finland https://www.iterlabs.fi
Rouhun laarIT Finland http://www.rouhunlaarit.fi/
BoltN Group Storbritannien https://boltn.uk
Sake Network Technology Co.,Ltd. Kina https://www.backer.net
Capnova Oy Finland https://www.capnova.fi
Mixat Åland http://mixat.fi
INWX AG Schweiz https://www.inwx.com/en/ax-domain.html
iWebben.ax Finland http://www.iwebben.ax
101domain GRS Limited Irland https://www.101domain.com/ax.htm
Asianajotoimisto Heinonen & Co Oy Finland http://www.heinonen.com/
JU Finland http://ju.ax/domains/
WiBiz Solutions Ltd Mauritius https://www.oui-fi.com
Bahama Digital Finland http://www.artistbase.net
John Österlund Consulting Åland http://www.john.ax
Star Creations Åland http://starcreations.ax/
Staclar, Inc. USA https://staclar.com
Skärgårdslamm Ab Åland http://www.lamm.ax
Bits & Bytes Finland http://www.bits-bytes.fi