Norid Runs the registry for Norwegian domain names Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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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Data privacy: Changes to the whois lookup service Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:18:47 +0000 In 2018 stricter rules for processing personal data will be implemented. This will affect Norid’s processing of data concerning domain name holders.

The main principle is that we shall only collect data that we need, and that the domain holder shall be informed about which data is being processed by Norid. Starting on 5 May, we will collect less data about the holder than what we currently do.

New lookup service for Norwegian domains

Norid runs a lookup service (whois) where the public can enter a domain name and receive information about the domain delegation, the holder, the technical contact and the technical setup, and who the registrar is.

The publically available lookup service increases the confidence in Norwegian domains:

  • It is easy to find the right point of contact when a domain causes technical issues
  • It makes it possible to find the person responsible for the delegation
  • It makes it possible to contact the domain holder
  • It contributes to preventing illegal content online

The service is important to many actors that need to find the person responsible for a domain name. At the same time, the new data protection act means that the amount of information available to the public must be reduced. Norid has consulted with the Data Protection Authority, and will be launching a new version of the lookup service on 22 May.

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Seasons’s Greetings Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:49 +0000 Image of snow with text 'Season's greetings from Norid'

Annebeth won ‘Contributor of the Year’ at the CENTR Awards 2017 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:43:10 +0000 Among good candidates, Norid’s special advisor Annebeth Lange was pronounced ‘Contributor of the year’ at the CENTR Award ceremony in Brussels 3 October. She was honoured for her many years of work to prevent commercial actors from taking names of countries and territories as their own top level domains.

Photo of the winners of the CENTR awards 2017
The winners of CENTR Awards 2017: Left: Bert Ben Trinke (SIDN) and Barbara Povše (, Giovanni Seppia (EURid), Jörg Schweiger (DENIC), Annebeth Lange (Norid), Eleanor Bradley and John Hollifield (Nominet), David Fowler (CIRA).

In 2012 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) allowed anyone who wished to and fulfilled the requirements, to register top level domains. There are strong conflicts of interest connected to this, and over the years there have been many discussions between different stakeholder groups to find working compromises, a discussion that is still ongoing. Especially the question of whether country names should be allowed as anything other than national top level domains. Should it be possible for a commercial party to register for instance .norway?

Norid is promoting Norway’s interests internationally together with Norwegian authorities, and works for a reliable and robust domain name system which is administrated in an open and democratic way. Annebeth B. Lange has worked with internet and domain questions for many years, first in the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom), and for the last ten years in Norid. – It has been important for me to ensure that there are resources left for countries where the Internet is not as widespread as in Norway, says Annebeth Lange about the area of work that she is honoured for.

– It is great that Annebeth Lange, as a representative of Norid, is getting honoured in this manner. It shows that representatives even from small nations can make a difference on the international arena, through active participation. Nkom is responsible for promoting Norwegian interests within domain name administration in ICANN, and has a very good cooperation with Norid, benefitting greatly from their active participation. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Annebeth Lange with this much deserved award from CENTR, says Ørnulf Storm, Head Of Section at the Norwegian Communications Authority.

Norid was also one of three finalists in the category for marketing campaigns with the service, developed by Norid, The Brønnøysund Register Center and The Norwegian Industrial Property Office. With the service anyone with a good idea can check a domain name, company name, and trademark within the same search. This service did not win, but received honourable feedback.

CENTR (Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries) was hosting CENTR Awards for the third time. Projects or individuals who have made a difference in the domain field are rewarded. This year’s winners in six categories were announced during a ceremony in Brussel on 3 October.