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Domain Country Codes & Extensions Explained

Domain Country codes and extensions can be quite confusing to say the least. Here you will find several of the most popular and most widely used domain country codes and extensions explained in easy to understand terms.

(Authors note: With the constant changes taking place within the Country code system, all efforts have been made to present accurate information. Any errors are unintentional and the author is not responsible for them, or any future changes which may take place.)

As a point of interest, the organization which manages and is responsible for designating these different Country codes is, ICANN. This stands for, The International Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers.

Unlike the generic top level domains such as, .com, .org, .net, .gov, .mil, .biz, along with several other which are generally designated with a dot and 3 letters, domain Country code extensions are generally designated with a dot and 2 letters.

Domain Country Codes are usually designated with the term. (ccTLD) This means that it is a top level domain Country code extension which is specifically reserved for a particular Country, or Sovereign State. To keep this report somewhat brief and easy to understand we will only discuss top level domains. (TLD’s)

It is important to keep in mind that to obtain many Country Code specific Domain Names, that there are usually some sort of restrictions which apply to your registering them, such as citizenship, having a local presence in the Country, or some other sort of relationship with, or within the Country.

Below are several of the most commonly used Top Level Domain Country Codes and Extensions.

.US is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the United States of America.
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UK is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the United Kingdom.
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CA is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Canada.
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AU is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Australia. 
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PR is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Puerto Rico. 
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RU is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Russia.
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BE is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Belgium.
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CF is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the Central African Republic.
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NZ is the Country code which is specifically reserved for New Zealand.
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CN is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the People’s Republic of China.
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IN is the Country code which is specifically reserved for India.
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MX is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Mexico.
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VA is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the Vatican City.
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ZA is the Country code which is specifically reserved for South Africa.
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TW is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Taiwan.
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SG is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Singapore.
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JP is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Japan.
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GL is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Greenland.
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DO is the Country code which is specifically reserved for the Dominican Republic.
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NG is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Nigeria.
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DE is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Germany.
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FI is the Country code which is specifically reserved for Finland.

 

The brief list above is only a small percentage of Domain Country Code Extensions, but will give you the basic example of them and some of the most commonly used. If you consult any search engine for Country Code Extensions you will be given links to much more complete lists.

As a side note, there are also, Internationalized Country Code Extensions TLD’s. They are generally in the native language of the Country and a few have been included for your review. They are usually designated by the term, IDE ccTLD

 

.бг is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for Bulgaria.
مصر. is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for Egypt.
.рф is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for Russia.
.укр is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for the Ukraine.
امارات.‎ is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for the UAE
‎السعودية. is the IDE Country code which is specifically reserved for Saudi Arabia.

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