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