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
Lilla Bodilla Åland http://www.lillabodilla.com
Ålcom Åland https://www.alcom.ax/formular/webhotell-ax-doman
SafeBrands SAS Frankrike https://safebrands.com/
TopNets Technology Co., Ltd Kina http://www.1198.cn
Just-IT Åland Ab Åland http://www.justit.ax
Analystica Oy Finland https://www.analystica.fi
Telia Finland Oyj Finland http://www.telia.fi
Berggren Oy Finland http://www.berggren.eu
ILJOJA Networks Finland http://palvelimet.net
Woima Hosting Oy Finland https://woima.fi/
Kommunikativ kompanjon Åland https://kompanjon.ax
AviFox LLC USA http://avifoxllc.com
CSC USA http://cscdigitalbrand.services
Curious Web Services Finland http://cws.simplycurious.se
Domain Bank Oy Finland https://www.osoite.fi
Gransy s.r.o. Tjeckien https://regtons.com/en/
Bob´s Trading Åland http://ekstromsstugor.ax
WiBiz Solutions Ltd Mauritius https://www.oui-fi.com
Online Solutions Oy Finland https://www.online.fi
Merkel Digital Storbritannien https://matthias.zone
123domain.eu Tyskland http://www.123domain.eu
Node Solutions Ltd Finland http://node.solutions
Domrr Domains USA http://domrr.com/
Attendo Oy Finland http://attendo.fi
Samfundet Folkhälsan Åland http://www.folkhalsan.fi
Cynfi Limited Storbritannien https://cynfi.com
Tibio Oy Finland https://tibio.fi
Consilia Solutions Ab Åland http://www.consilia.fi
Webbhotell iWebben Finland http://www.iwebben.ax
Catalin Corozanu Rumänien https://cc.ro
GRAND DOMAINS Finland http://www.granidom.com
AppDetex USA https://www.appdetex.com/
Webbsolut Mediabyrå Åland https://webbsolut.com/ax-doman
Standart AG Lettland https://standart.lv/
StanCo Serbien och Montenegro https://www.istanco.com
Ax-ItConsult Åland http://ax-itconsult.com
Namecheap USA https://namecheap.com
LET’S BRAND | Domainname Experts Nederländerna https://letsbrand.com
NuData Finland http://www.nudata.fi
NordName Finland https://nordname.com
Electron Networks Storbritannien https://electronnet.pw
NETIM Frankrike http://www.netim.com/domain-name/ax-domain.html
Ports Group AB Sverige http://www.ports.domains
Blissmo Åland http://www.blissmo.ax
Gandi SAS Frankrike https://www.gandi.net/
阿尔法网络 Kina https://www.register.net.cn
Arctigo Oy Finland http://www.arctigo.fi
FebHost Group Limited Hong Kong http://www.febhost.com
Crosskey Åland https://www.crosskey.fi
Suncomet Finland http://www.suncomet.com
mode14 USA http://mode14.com
Iter Labs Finland https://www.iterlabs.fi
hi.domains Hong Kong http://hi.domains
Ascio Technologies Inc. – Danmark Danmark http://www.ascio.com
101domain GRS Limited Irland https://www.101domain.com/ax.htm
Hittite Consulting Kanada http://www.gokce.net
AsiaRegister, Inc. Hong Kong https://www.asiaregister.com
Touko Finland https://touko.eu/
Marcaria.com USA http://marcaria.com/ax
Larsen Data ApS – GratisDNS.com Danmark http://GratisDNS.com
NAMESHIELD Frankrike https://www.nameshield.com
Ålands fiskodlarförening rf Åland http://www.fiskodlarna.ax
Ranta Solutions Finland https://www.ranta.solutions
M10 Network Services Finland https://services.m10.fi
AinaCom Oy Finland https://www.ainacom.fi
IP-Connect AB Åland http://www.connect.ax
67 Media Indien https://67.media
iisisoft Finland https://iisisoft.fi/
xTom Tyskland https://xtom.com/
Winter Åland https://doman.winter.ax
Mediam Oy/Kotisivut.com Finland https://www.kotisivut.com
Attendo Oy Finland http://Attendo.fi
Vesa Tervo Finland https://domains.zb.fi
Finn-Hus AX Consulting Åland http://www.finn-hus.ax
Fiteco Oy Finland https://fiteco.fi
Strax Kommunikation Åland https://www.strax.ax/registrera-ax-doman
Solvez Åland http://solvez.com
Perfect Sense AB / Webb.se Sverige https://www.webb.se
Sebbex Ab Oy Finland http://www.sebbex.fi
Sarek Finland https://sarek.fi
Yepp Agency Ab Åland http://www.yepp.ax
Rouhun laarIT Finland http://www.rouhunlaarit.fi/
MEDIA BEAST Finland http://www.beast.fi
MarkMonitor Inc. USA https://markmonitor.com/
Jaakko Sirén Finland http://www.siren.ax
Web Solutions ApS Danmark https://web-solutions.eu/
Speek Finland https://speek.fi
Axsept Åland http://www.axsept.ax
Key-Systems GmbH Tyskland http://www.key-systems.net
John Österlund Consulting Åland http://www.john.ax
Moment Digital Oy Finland https://www.capnova.fi
Felity Group OÜ Estland http://www.open.ee
ExoMonitor Solutions Storbritannien https://exomonitor.com
SurfNet Finland http://surfnet.fi
Ab Lyc Oy Finland http://lyc.fi
bNamed.net Belgien https://www.bNamed.net
AS207960 Cyfyngedig Storbritannien https://as207960.net
Nordreg AB Sverige http://nordreg.se
Scene Group Oy Finland http://www.scenegroup.fi
Stråhle Ab Finland https://netin.fi
Frobbit! Sverige https://frobbit.se/
Visibia Åland Åland http://www.visibia.ax
FlokiNET Seychellerna https://flokinet.is
INWX AG Schweiz https://www.inwx.com/en/ax-domain.html
Johan Westling Åland http://domain.westling.ax
Team Tactics Ab Åland http://www.escaperoom.ax
Nyberg consulting Norge http://www.axgan.ax
Omniserv Åland http://omniserv.ax
Registrar.eu Nederländerna https://www.openprovider.com
Monitor Management Consulting Ab Åland http://www.monitor.ax
Go Optimal Åland http://www.gooptimal.ax/
Marit.ax Åland http://www.marit.ax
Heimåt Åland http://heim.ax
BoltN Group Storbritannien https://boltn.uk
NA Finland https://22.fi/
Nominate.com Storbritannien http://www.nominate.com/ax.shtml
Åland IT-konsulter Åland http://www.itkonsulterna.ax
MMD Networks Oy Finland https://mmd.net/
Skärgårdslamm Ab Åland http://www.lamm.ax
Tool Domains Ltd Bulgarien https://tool.domains/
SAT AB Åland http://www.sat.ax
Mixat Åland http://mixat.fi
Fixman Oy Finland http://www.fixman.fi
Sake Network Technology Co.,Ltd. Kina https://www.backer.net
Webhostaus Finland http://webhostaus.fi
Crasman Oy Finland http://www.crasman.fi
Safenames Limited Storbritannien https://www.safenames.net/
Deductive Labs Åland https://www.deductivelabs.com
Staclar, Inc. USA https://staclar.com
TwinOak Productions Åland https://twinoak.myds.me/twinoak
HS-Works Oy Finland http://www.hs-works.fi
Bahama Digital Finland http://www.artistbase.net
Bits & Bytes Finland http://www.bits-bytes.fi
Asianajotoimisto Heinonen & Co Oy Finland http://www.heinonen.com/
Eriksberg AB Åland http://www.eriksberg.ax
MestWeb Finland http://www.mestweb.com
Euronic Oy / Domainkeskus Finland http://www.domain.ax
Kreaturs Ab Åland http://www.kreaturs.net
Size Networks AB Sverige http://www.size.ax/
Tjudö Marketing Ab Åland http://www.pectus.ax
Hallberg media Åland https://www.sealake.ax
NameSRS.com Sverige http://www.NameSRS.com
Netox Oy Finland https://www.netox.fi
Evulate Åland http://www.evulate.ax
LIA-Media Finland https://liamedia.fi
Star Creations Åland http://starcreations.ax/
Attendo Ålands Tandläkarna Ab Åland http://www.tandlakarna.ax
Code Solutions Ky Finland http://www.codesolutions.fi
DOTSENSEI Storbritannien https://dotsensei.com
Uncode Media Ab Finland http://www.uncodemedia.com
Acquiro Åland http://www.acquiro.se