All Norwegian under .no

Early in 2004 Norid will be able to accept the first applications for domain names with all Norwegian spelling. During the transition period allocation of names will be effected by a draw among applications containing the same name. Except from a few cases, applications for domain names containing standard characters only will be processed as usual during the closing period as well.

Why national characters?

As the Internet has become more and more important for the society, domain names have got an even stronger connection to names and brands. With the addition of national characters in domain names, local names and expressions may be used with correct Norwegian spelling. This possibility has been missed by many enterprises in Norway.

It is important to underline that this opens a possibility; on the other hand no one is obliged to have a domain name containing national characters. So far domain names containing standard characters only are more stable. Those who choose domain names with national characters are therefore recommended to add a standard character version of the same name.

Which are the new characters?

The new set of characters will cover all official Norwegian written languages, that is bokmål, nynorsk, nordsamisk (North Sámi), sørsamisk (South Sámi) and lulesamisk (Lule Sámi). It will include 23 new characters in addition to the standard characters a-z, 0-9 and hyphen.

How do you apply?

To apply you have to contact a registrar as usual. If you are a domain name subscriber already, you have to check and update your contact and address information in the registrar’s database to prepare for new applications for your organisation. All payments are to be done to the registrar.

Start-up trouble

The new domain names will not be as useful as domain names containing standard characters only. As the domain name system is international, it will necessarily raise problems to exchange addresses containing national characters. All characters can not be entered from all key boards, and a certain amount of software – both mail clients and browsers – are not yet developed to handle national characters in the addresses. An all Norwegian domain name, e.g. blåbærsyltetøy.no, may therefore appear as an unreadable text string in some contexts. For this reason Norid recommends those who choose a domain name containg national characters to add a standard character version of the name as well.

No right of priority

No one will have a right of priority to domain names written with Norwegian characters, just like no one has such rights to domain names with standard characters only. During the transition period allocation will be carried out by a draw among applications containing the same name. One organisation may participate in the draw only once with an application for the same name. There will be no opportunity to book special names.

The draw will be carried out by the Norwegian Post and Telecommunication Authority.

This change mainly concerns domain names with national characters, but a few other regulation changes will be committed at the same time. The most significant change is that the number of domain names each organisation can register will be raised from 15 to 20. Also according to the new regulations the applicant of a domain name is responsible to make sure the name does not conflict with Norwegian laws or violates the rights of a third party.

When will it take place?

Starting Monday February 9th at 10:00 a.m., Norid will accept applications for domain names with national characters.

Up until Friday February 13th at 16:00 p.m., all applications with national characters will be accepted and put to the side. After that date no further applications will be accepted. Then on Monday February 16th, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunication Authority will carry out a draw to determine the sequence in which applications for the same name will be processed. Norid will then process the applications in the order decided. The system will open for ordinary receipt of applications on Wednesday February 18th at 10:00 a.m.. These will be processed according to the ordinary regulations of first come first served.

Except from a few cases, applications for domain names containing standard characters only will be processed as usual during the transition period as well.

More information:
The new set of characters
Converting tool
List of domain name providers (registrars)

Regulation changes

Last updated 14 February 2017