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