Norid Runs the registry for Norwegian domain names Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:40:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scammers know how to exploit a crisis Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:25:42 +0000 In the current state of emergency, scammers work to make a profit. They may try to make profit of the virus spread itself, or they may try to exploit that many of us feel anxious and take less caution than we usually do. Working from a home office can make us even more vulnerable.

One of the most common type of scam is an email with attachments or links. The purpose is usually to get us to buy amazing anti-corona products, transfer money, or submit credit card or bank account information. As a worst case scenario a scammer can take control of our computer or phone if we reply to the wrong email or click the wrong link.

We urge everyone to be very cautious of emails that arrive unexpectedly or that seem suspicious in any way. This particularly applies to unknown senders, but also to what seems at first glance to be trustworthy sources like government officials or banks. A person who is reasonably skilled can combine any sender name with a false email address, and so trick us into replying or clicking a link.

If you receive a suspicious email, our advice is that you carefully check the real sender address: Hover your cursor over the name of the sender and look at the domain name of the address hidden behind the name. The domain name is the part that follows the @ sign, i.e. ‘’ if the full address is If this is a Norwegian domain name, you can find information about who the domain name belongs to in our lookup service.

Other actors also warn against increasing vulnerability in the ongoing state of emergency (links to Norwegian texts only):

Domain registration remains normal Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:26:19 +0000 Despite the fact that nothing is normal these days, the registration figures for Norwegian domain names remain normal. Other activity in the registry service also remains regular. Our daily operations continue undisturbed.

The graph below shows the registration numbers for the period between 1 February and 17 March 2020.

Graph shows the domain registration pattern between 1 February and 17 March 2020. On weekdays, ca 450 domains registered per day. On weekends, less than 200 domains registered per day.
Statistics about Norwegian domain names Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:34:35 +0000 How many Norwegian domain names are there? How many new domain names are registered and how many are deleted? Who are the biggest registrars for Norwegian domain names?

Statistics for Norwegian domain names are now available in a new graphic interface. The graphs are dynamic and can be downloaded as .xlsx- or .csv-files.

We are happy to receive feedback and suggestions for other relevant graphs.

Internet forum 2020: Save the date! Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:22:36 +0000 The date for Internet forum 2020 is Tuesday 17 November, in Oslo.

On 17 November this year’s internet forum will take place, this time at Thon Hotel Vika Atrium, right next to Aker Brygge in Oslo. Save the date now, and stay tuned for updates on theme and speakers.

Job vacancies Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:53:44 +0000 We are seeking people for three positoins: analyst, linux system administrator and advisor on acquisitions and internal control. Application deadline: 26 February.
Bilde av to Noridansatte, med tekst: Vi søker analytiker, systemadministrator & rådgiver.
Click on the image to see the ads at (in Norwegian only).
Get the domain name before going public with the company name Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:34:12 +0000 When founding or renaming a company, it is important not to stumble in the step-by-step order of registration. A good domain name for the company is often the bottleneck. Everyone must have a domain name, but domain names are unique, and if it’s taken, then it’s taken. Then you may have to settle for second best, or at worst you have to start the naming process from scratch.

We frequently see that a company chooses its name without having secured the proper domain name beforehand. Then they find out that the domain name is already registered by someone else. The start-up company may think that it will be easy to get it anyway, but this is not always the case. And if they do get the chance, it can be expensive to buy it. They may then be left with a domain name which is less optimal, i.e. less intuitive and user-friendly for its web based services.

Our advice to all who plan a new name is very simple: Keep the cards close to your chest until the domain name is registered. Once the domain name is secured, you can register the company in the Brønnøysund register centre (Norwegian chamber of commerce) and tell the world about your plans.

More about names and the registration process:

Municipalities can now have fully Sami domain names Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:18:23 +0000 Starting 8 January 2019, all municipalities in Norway can have domain names where is replaced by the three Sami names, og

The municipalities are free to decide which name or names they will use. The registration is done via a registrar, as with any other domain name. 

Here are some examples of possible domain names:


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Season’s Greetings Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:40:05 +0000 Picture of the 2018 Christmas card

Problems with the EPP service Wed, 04 Jul 2018 11:30:22 +0000 We are experiencing a high load on the registry system, something which is causing problems with access to the EPP service. We are working to locate the problem, and will issue further information when we know more.

New lookup service up and running Tue, 22 May 2018 07:49:49 +0000 The lookup service for domain names will be changed as from 22 May. For the public the change means that they will have more limited access to customer data. The background for the change is the new privacy laws which will be effective in 2018.

The public will now have access to more limited customer data than before. However, anybody will still have the possibility to find contact information to whom is responsible for the domain name, although the service will be presenting more information if the domain holder is an enterprise, than if it is a private individual.

The lookup service is offered in two ways: via our website and via port 43. The website interface is intended for the general public. The Port 43 interface is intended to help resolve technical issues, and therefore does not provide information about the domain holder.

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