European Domains: Finland (.fi)
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.fi registration your Finnish domain, click here!.fi is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Finland. It is operated by FICORA, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.
December 4, 1986 an application to register top level domain for Finland was sent by Finnish Unix Users Group from Tampere. The application was accepted and the administration of .fi TLD was granted to Tampere University of Technology. Later the administration was transferred first to FICIX and later to FICORA.
In the past FICORA regulated .fi domains very strictly. Domain names were only admitted to company names or companies that owned trademarks. This policy led to Finnish companies' applying for domains under other top-level domains. The policy was changed on September 1, 2003.
.fi was once best known among non-Finnish internet users as the TLD of the Penet remailer (anon.penet.fi), a privately operated server which enabled users to post e-mail and Usenet messages anonymously in the early 1990s.
Since March 1, 2006, also private persons have been able to apply for a domain name. Some restrictions still apply, for example, company names or trademarks can only be applied for by the companies concerned.
Background Information :
Registrant must be entered in either the Finish Trade Register, Association Register or Foundation Register.
Population2008 estimate 5,326,164 (111th) - 2000 census 5,155,000 - Density 16/km2 (201st) 40/sq mi
GDP(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $185.853 billion (52nd) - Per capita $35,349 (IMF) (12th)
National AnthemMaamme (Finnish), "Our Land"
AreaTotal 338,145 km2 (64th) 130,558 sq mi - Water (%) 10,0
International Dialling Code358
GovernmentSemi-presidential republic - President Tarja Halonen (sd) - Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (c) - Parliament's speaker Sauli NiinistÈµ (nc) Independencefrom Russian Empire - Autonomy March 29, 1809 - Declared December 6, 1917 - Recognised January 4, 1918 EU
LanguageFinnish, Swedish Recognised regional languages Sami
Time ZoneEET (UTC+2) - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3) Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. It borders Sweden on the west, Russia on the east, and Norway on the north, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki.
Around 5.2 million people reside in Finland, with the majority concentrated in the southern part of the country. It is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. The native laguage for most of the population is Finnish, a member of the Finno-Ugric language family most closely related to Estonian and one of the four official EU languages not of Indo-European origin. The second official language, Swedish, is spoken by a 5.5 percent minority. Finland is a democratic, parliamentary republic with a mostly Helsinki-based central government and local governments in 415 municipalities. A total of a million residents live in Greater Helsinki (including Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa) and a third of the country's GDP is produced there. Other major cities include Tampere, Turku, and Oulu.
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