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The .NL Domain

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.NL is the
most popular ccTLD in Europe
The main Language used
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Domain Registration term in years
Domain Character Limit
Since 1986

Global Statistics

Most popular Languages on the Web
English 54.8%
German 6.3%
Russian 5.7%
Spanish 4.7%
Most popular Domains on the Web
246 million domain names registered globally
.NET 6.0%
.ORG 4.2%

Top .nl websites

Global 118.
Global 854.
Global 995.
Global 1,005.

About .nl

What is .nl?

The .nl web name is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Netherlands.
Netherlands with its estimated population of 16,775,273, ranks as the 13th most populous country in Europe. The .nl domain name presently the 4th most favored ccTLD (country code top-level domain) used in Europe. Today .nl has more than 5,081,379 registered domain names. This means that people like and trust this domain name. You can register your own .nl domain and create a professional web page, a personal website, a blog or an online portal to demonstrate the connection to this region.
The .nl domain has been around since 1986.

Who can register .nl domain?

The .nl extension can be registered by legal entities or individuals.

Why is it good to choose a domain name with a .nl extension?

A .nl domain name could be one of the best choice for local and international companies wanting to represent their business in Netherlands. In Netherlands the first language is Dutch. The 6 most popular languages used for websites is english, german, russian, spanish, french and chinese, but you can use any other languages as well. A website with a .nl extension helps you reach your audience easier and also give a professional look to your company. When you targeting this local market with a local domain name, you demonstrate proof of your commitment to the local customers. In this way you can maximize your website’s revenues. Along with this, it is much easier to register a short or a common word in a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) than with other more popular domain names like .com or .net. Additionally, country code top-level domain gives you the opportunity to find domain hacks much easier.
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What kind of characters can be used in a domain name and how long can it be?

The main characteristics restrictions of a domain name:
The only valid characters for a .nl domain name are letters, numbers and the symbol "-".
A name has to start with a digit and end with a digit.
Hyphens cannot begin or end your domain name. Although the character "-" is allowed inside the name, but cannot have two dashes in a row.
Other special characters, spaces or stressed vowels (such as à, é, ò, í) are not permitted.
The .nl domain length should be between 2-63 characters.
You cannot register your name if you don't follow the above limitations.

Domain name registration term allowance:

Permitted registration term for .nl domain is 1 year till maximum 10 years.