.... Internet marketing resources, ecommerce web site design tutorials
  Taming the Beast - quality web marketing and ecommerce development services .... .


Return to web marketing and ecommerce articles index

Internet Country Codes Top Level Domains

A long time ago (1996) in a galaxy far far away, it wasn't difficult to be out on the web and know exactly what part of the world you were visiting. If you were on a .com site, you were in the States. And there weren't too many country code extensions to worry about.

Now, a .com site could be anywhere in the world. My site is registered as www.tamingthebeast.net. It may be stored on a Canadian server, but it is administered and maintained in Australia. 

The varied country codes, known as TLD's (Top Level Domains), also give web masters and designers a greater choice of name combinations to use for their sites, but it depends on which extension you want. Some country code administrators only allow local sites to utilize them. An example of a country code that has been released for general registration is .tv. It's the country code originally designed to be the official addressing for the tiny island nation of Tuvalu - population of around eleven thousand. The country code is probably one of its biggest exports!

The crumbling of international barriers is wonderful, we are now truly a global community, but our community is getting pretty confusing. Who is who and where the hell are they?

There's not much room for nationalistic pride any more..... perhaps that isn't such a bad thing? Seems that nationalism has caused our species more angst than any other subject. But, I digress.

When you do come across those "weird" extensions, have you ever wondered what they actually signify? The following is a list of all current country extensions....memorise them as I'll be sending out a quiz 15 minutes after you finish reading them... ;0)

US Based TLD's: 
.com - Commercial 
.edu - Educational 
.gov - US Government 
.int  - International Organisations 
.mil - US Dept of Defense 
.net - Networks 
.org - Organisations 
.pro - Professionals
.biz - Businesses
.info - Informational
.aero - Travel
.museum - You guessed it!
.coop - Co-operative
.name - Personal names


.ac  Ascension Island 
.ad  Andorra 
.ae  United Arab Emirates 
.af   Afghanistan 
.ag  Antigua and Barbuda 
.ai   Anguilla 
.al   Albania 
.am Armenia 
.an  Netherlands Antilles 
.ao  Angola 
.aq  Antarctica 
.ar  Argentina 
.as American Samoa 
.at  Austria 
.au Australia 
.aw Aruba 
.az Azerbaijan

.ba Bosnia and Herzegowina 
.bb Barbados 
.bd Bangladesh 
.be Belgium 
.bf  Burkina Faso 
.bg Bulgaria 
.bh Bahrain 
.bi  Burundi 
.bj  Benin 
.bm Bermuda 
.bn Brunei Darussalam 
.bo Bolivia 
.br  Brazil 
.bs Bahamas 
.bt  Bhutan 
.bv  Bouvet Island 
.bw Botswana 
.by Belarus 
.bz Belize
.ca Canada 
.cc Cocos (Keeling) Islands 
.cd Zaire 
.cf  Central African Republic 
.cg Congo 
.ch Switzerland 
.ci Côte d'Ivoire 
.ck Cook Islands 
.cl Chile 
.cm Cameroon 
.cn China 
.co Colombia
.co.uk United Kingdom 
.cr Costa Rica 
.cs Czechoslovakia (former) 
.cu Cuba 
.cv Cape Verde 
.cx Christmas Island 
.cy Cyprus 
.cz Czech Republic

.de Germany 
.dj  Djibouti 
.dk Denmark 
.dm Dominica 
.do Dominican Republic 
.dz Algeria

.ec Ecuador 
.ee Estonia 
.eg Egypt 
.eh Western Sahara 
.er  Eritrea 
.es Spain 
.et  Ethiopia
.fi  Finland 
.fj  Fiji 
.fk Falkland Islands 
.fm Micronesia 
.fo Faroe Islands 
.fr France 
.fx France, Metropolitan 
.ga Gabon 
.gb United KingdomK 
.gd Grenada 
.ge Georgia 
.gf  French Guiana 
.gg Guernsey 
.gh Ghana 
.gi  Gibraltar 
.gl Greenland 
.gm Gambia 
.gn Guinea 
.gp Guadelope 
.gq Equatorial Guinea 
.gr Greece 
.gs Sth Georgia Sandwich Is. 
.gt Guatemala 
.gu Guam 
.gw Guinea-Bissau 
.gy Guyana
.hk Hong Kong 
.hm Heard & McDonald Islands 
.hn Honduras 
.hr Croatia 
.ht Haiti 
.hu Hungary
.id  Indonesia 
.ie  Ireland 
.il   Israel 
.im Isle of Man 
.in  India 
.io  British Indian Ocean Terr.
.iq  Iraq 
.ir   Iran 
.is  Iceland 
.it   Italy

.je  Jersey 
.jm Jamaica 
.jo  Jordan 
.jp  Japan 
.ke Kenya 
.kg Kyrgystan 
.kh Cambodia 
.ki  Kiribati 
.kn Saint Kitts and Nevis 
.kp Korea, DPR
.kr Korea, Republic of 
.kw Kuwait 
.ky Cayman Islands 
.kz Kazakhstan
.la  Lao PDR 
.lb  Lebanon 
.lc  Saint Lucia 
.li   Liechtenstein 
.lk  Sri Lanka 
.lr   Liberia 
.ls  Lesotho 
.lt   Lithuania 
.lu  Luxembourg 
.lv   Latvia 
.ly   Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
.ma Morocco 
.mc Monaco 
.md Moldova 
.mg Madagascar 
.mh Marshall Islands 
.mk Macedonia 
.ml  Mali 
.mm Myanmar 
.mn Mongolia 
.mo Macau 
.mp Northern Mariana Is. 
.mq Martinique 
.mr  Mauritania 
.ms Montserrat 
.mt  Malta 
.mu Mauritius 
.mv  Maldives 
.mw Malawi 
.mx Mexico 
.my Malaysia 
.mz Mozambique

.na  Namibia 
.nc  New Caledonia 
.ne  Niger 
.nf   Norfolk Island 
.ng  Nigeria 
.ni   Nicaragua 
.nl   The Netherlands 
.no  Norway 
.np  Nepal 
.nr   Nauru 
.nt   Neutral Zone 
.nu  Niue 
.nz  New Zealand
.om Oman
.pa  Panama 
.pe  Peru 
.pf   French Polynesia 
.pg  Papua New Guinea 
.ph  Philippines 
.pk  Pakistan 
.pl   Poland 
.pm St. Pierre and Miquelon 
.pn  Pitcairn 
.pr  Puerto Rico 
.ps  Palestine
.pt  Portugal 
.pw  Palau 
.py  Paraguay 
.qa Qatar
.re  Reunion 
.ro  Romania 
.rs  Serbia
.ru  Russia 
.rw Rwanda
.sa Saudi Arabia 
.sb Solomon Islands 
.sc Seychelles 
.sd Sudan 
.se Sweden 
.sg Singapore 
.sh St. Helena 
.si  Slovenia 
.sj  Svalbard and Jan Mayen Is. 
.sk Slovakia 
.sl  Sierra Leone 
.sm San Marino 
.sn Senegal 
.so Somalia 
.sr  Surinam 
.st  Sao Tome and Principe 
.su USSR (former) 
.sv  El Salvador 
.sy Syrian Arab Republic 
.sz Swaziland 
.tc The Turks & Caicos Islands 
.td Chad 
.tf  French Southern Territories 
.tg Togo 
.th Thailand 
.tj  Tajikistan 
.tk Tokelau 
.tm Turkmenistan 
.tn Tunisia 
.to Tonga 
.tp East Timor 
.tr  Turkey 
.tt  Trinidad and Tobago 
.tv  Tuvalu 
.tw Taiwan 
.tz  Tanzania
.ua Ukraine 
.ug Uganda 
.uk United Kingdom 
.um United States M.O Is. 
.us United States 
.uy Uruguay 
.uz Uzbekistan
.va Holy See (Vatican) 
.vc St Vincent & Grenadines 
.ve Venezuela 
.vg Virgin Islands British 
.vi  Virgin Islands U.S 
.vn Vietnam 
.vu Vanuatu
.wf Wallis and Futuna Islands 
.ws Samoa
.ye Yemen 
.yt  Mayotte 
.yu Serbia Montenegro

.za South Africa 
.zm Zambia 
.zr  Zaire 
.zw Zimbabwe

Now, did I miss anyone??

Michael Bloch
Taming the Beast
Tutorials, web content, tools and software.
Web Marketing, Internet Development & Ecommerce Resources

Copyright information.... This article is free for reproduction but must be reproduced in its entirety & this copyright statement must be included. Visit http://www.tamingthebeast.net  for free Internet marketing and web development articles, tutorials and tools! Subscribe for free to our popular ecommerce/web design ezine!

Click here to view article index 

Online meeting & webinar software review
Powerful, easy to use collaboration tools that can help improve your marketing sales and training efforts. Learn more about these services in this review & try a free trial!

The best shopping cart software
Our reviews of some of the best shopping carts around - free ecommerce solutions  through to premium services offering affiliate programs, marketing modules & online soft goods delivery.  Shopping cart software guide 

Autoresponder software/mailing list manager
 Read our beginners guide and reviews of all-in-one autoresponder & email marketing software solutions.

Credit card transaction fraud screening!  Effective fraud screening is an essential part of running an online businesses. Fraud transactions cost you money and can threaten your merchant account. Pick up a stack of transaction screening tips in this free guide! 

Need some advice/tools for writing/creating a web design, development or marketing proposal?






Get paid cash taking online surveys - free to join online 
survey companies that will pay you cash for your opinion!

In Loving Memory - Mignon Ann Bloch

copyright (c) 1999-2011  Taming the Beast  Adelaide - South Australia 

Profile - Contact - Privacy - Consultants Portfolio 

Search Site - Terms of Service - Social/environmental