To choose a domain name

What kind of name to choose

It may be smart to choose a domain name that is easy to relate to you or your enterprise, and could be easily memorized and marketed. It may be a company name, a product name, a trademark, or the name of a project. Private individual may as well choose her or his name, but some choose something completely different, like the name of their pet, a name from the area where they live, or the name of a club.

Find out whether the name is available

Check whether the name is available as a domain name

You cannot choose a name that is in use by others, nor a name that is prohibited or reserved. You must ensure that you do not infringe another party’s right to the name.

Check whether the name can be registered as a company name and a trademark

Where to register in the name tree

Within .no there are several second level domain names indicating different branches. The branches represent the “name tree”. Both companies and individuals may registerer domain names in several branches. The three possibilities are:

Directly within the .no top level

These are all registrations of the type mydomainname.no. This is the most common way, and will give the shortest name.

Within a branch domain

Branch domains are used to gather organizations with common characteristics. An example is the branch domain folkebibl.no where all the municipal public libraries (“folkebiblioteker”) in Norway are collected, for instance trondheim.folkebibl.no. Other examples of branch domains are dep.no (Norwegian Government), idrett.no (sport), kommune.no (municipalities) and vgs.no (“videregående skoler” – upper secondary schools).

Check the list of branch domains managed by Norid and branch domains within .no that are managed by others. If your organization belongs to one of these categories, you should apply for a domain name in the form mydomainname.branch-domain.no

Private individuals can register in the branch priv.no, which is for individuals only.

Within a geographical domain
You can register the organization in the geographical name tree if you want to indicate a geographical affiliation. You can then avoid being mistaken for other organizations that have similar names but are located in a different region.

See the list of the geographical domains for counties, municipalities and urban areas.

Which characters could be used

A domain name must consist of at least 2 and at most 63 characters. The name can consist of

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 email programmes do not support special national characters in addresses. National characters could also be a disadvantage with contacts abroad.

More about the use of special Norwegian characters in domain names

How many domains can you have?

Companies and other organizations

Private individuals

  • up to 5 domains directly within .no
  • up to 5 domains within priv.no
  • up to 5 domains within each geographical domain administrated by Norid

If you have filled up your quotas 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.

Last updated 15 May 2017