- For other uses, see DK.
is the country code top-level domain
(ccTLD) for Denmark
. The supervision of the .dk top-level domain is handled exclusively by DK Hostmaster. Any new .dk domain name has to be applied for via an approved registrator. Then the domain name applicant can ask the registrator to manage his domain name or do it directly with DK Hostmaster. Registrations of domain names with the characters æ, ø, å, ö, ä, ü, and é are also allowed.
The country code top-level domain .dk was created July 14, 1987 at ARPA Network Information Center, Stanford Research Institute
(SRI-NIC). The Danish UNIX User Group
(DKUUG) at Datalogisk Institut, Københavns Universitet
(DIKU) received management of the .dk domain on the DKnet, at that time an informal name used for the UUCP
network used at DIKU and other places in Denmark. The name DKnet has been in use since at least 1986.
In mid 1988 DKnet was connected to the emerging DENet
, the government-sponsored research network established in late 1987 now known as forskningsnettet
, run and maintained by UNI-C
In November 1987 DKUUG made a name agreement ("navneaftalen") with the coordinators of the three other networks then working in Denmark, a national experimental X.400
net (EAN from University of British Columbia
, concerning the .dk domain. They agreed to share it, hiding from the users which network they were connected to, and nullifying the use of pseudo-domains
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