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