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How to choose a domain name
Here you can learn more about your options when you choose a domain name, and what you need to consider regarding your right to use the name you want.
Choose a domain name that is easy to relate to your organization or enterprise. It may be an organization name, a product name, a trademark or the name of a project. You can use the whole name, or just part of it. The name should be easy and intuitive for those who are trying to find you. It should also be easy to market.
Check if the name is available, or ask your registrar.
In principle, you are free to choose a domain name. However, you cannot choose a name that is in use by other organizations, or a name that is prohibited or reserved for technical, ethical or national considerations. You have also a duty to ensure that your registration of the domain name does not infringe another party's right to the same name.
If you are not sure whether you can use the name, ask your registrar.
As an applicant, you must sign a declaration form in which you confirm that to the best of your knowledge you are not infringing another party's right to the name in question, and that you are responsible if you infringe another party's rights. You are yourself responsible for evaluating how thoroughly you need to investigate the situation before you sign the declaration form. Here is an article about some aspects of this issue.
The name can consist of letters, the digits 0-9, and the hyphen character. The name may not start or end with a hyphen. It must consist of at least 2 and at most 63 characters. Here is a list of the 49 letter characters you can use within .no. The character set covers all the official Norwegian written languages, that is, Norwegian bokmål, Norwegian nynorsk, North Sámi, South Sámi and Lule Sámi. Capital letters are not used in domain names.
Names containing only standard characters (a-z, 0-9, and hyphen) are more robust than names with special Norwegian or Sámi characters. This is because many browsers and email programmes do not support special mational characters in addresses.
An organization can have up to 100 domains directly within .no. In addition, the organization can register up to 5 domain names within relevant categories, and up to 5 domain names within each geographical area to which the organization has an affiliation. If you have used up your quota and need more names, you must delete old names before you can register new ones.
Domain names within .com, .org or other top level domains are independent from registrations within .no, and are not counted in this quota.
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