.be is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Belgium. The domain became active in 1989 and was administrated by Pierre Verbaeten of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2000, the control of the TLD was transferred to DNS Belgium. As of late 2005, more than 470,000 domains were registered.
It was announced in November 2005 that the initial registration of domains would be free until the beginning of 2006, though with some limits on the number any individual was allowed to register. This was remarkably popular, with some 17,000 registrations coming in on the first day of the promotion.
Domain names are registered directly at second level. Some of Belgian's main academic institutions, such as the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the UniversitÈ¨ Libre de Bruxelles, use third-level names under ac.be, but others have abandoned its use (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universiteit Gent and UniversitÈ¨ Catholique de Louvain.
Any .be registration has to be ordered via a registered agent.
Background Information :
2008 estimate 10,666,866 (76th ) - 2001 census 10,296,350 - Density 344.32/km2 (2006) (29th ) 892/sq mi
(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $377.215 billion - Per capita $35,387
Total 30,528 km2 (139th) 11,787 sq mi - Water (%) 6.4
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Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy - King Albert II - Prime Minister Yves Leterme
Dutch, French, German
: Eendracht maakt macht (Dutch) L'union fait la force (French) Einigkeit macht stark (German) "Strength through Unity" (lit. "Unity creates Strength", "Unity makes one strong")
CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) The Seventeen Provinces (orange, brown and yellow areas) and the Bishopric of LiÈ¿ge (green) The Kingdom of Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters, as well as those of other major international organizations, including NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 kmÃ (11,787 square miles) and has a population of about 10.5 million.
Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home for two main linguistic groups, the Flemings and the French speakers, mostly Walloons, plus a small group of German speakers.
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