05/10/2019 | Press release | Archived content
International level: Popularity of .de Beyond German Borders Continuously on the Rise
Compared on an annual level, the overall number of .de domains under management decreased slightly by 0.7 percent compared to a 1.2-percent increase in 2016/2017. This is a decline of 110,000 .de domains (previous year: plus 200,000 domains). The 16.2 million .de domains that were registered at the end of 2018 included 1,225,965 domains of holders residing outside of Germany (2017: 1,185,247). Contrary to the development of .de domains registered by holders re-siding in Germany, the number of domains with holders from abroad increased by 3.4 percent and accounted for 7.6 percent of all .de domains at the end of 2018. The holders of .de domains origi-nate from 219 countries. As in the past, German domains are particularly popular in the United States (27%), the Netherlands (10%) and in the Russian Federation (7%). But Ger-many's European neighbours Switzerland, Austria and Great Britain, and also the United Arab Emirates account for 6 percent respectively of the .de domains with non-German-based holders, too. All in all, 16,204,745 domains were registered with DENIC on 31 December 2018. Statistically, every fifth inhabitant of the Federal Republic of Germany has registered a domain under the TLD .de. Thus, Germany consistently ranks fourth in the world after the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.