Total registrations of .eu domain names dropped by close to 5,000, most likely as part of the seasonal variation, but there were 185,964 new registrations and at the end of the first quarter in 2017 there were 3,755,475 .eu domains under management. The new registrations were almost 11,000 more than in the fourth quarter of 2016.
According to EURid’s most recent quarterly report released this week, Germany, followed by the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Italy were the top countries for .eu registrations, being the only countries with over 250,000 .eu registrations. But when it comes to growth in registrations for the quarter, registrations to Austrians grew by a huge 17.5% in the quarter, and 20.7% for the year, to make Austria the ninth largest country when it comes total registrations. Luxembourg and Croatia were second and third with a rise of 4.9% (7.5% for the year) and 4.3% (6.8%) respectively. For the year, registrations grew 16.4% in Bulgaria, the second highest annual growth.
Overall registrations grew in 19 and declined in 11 countries for the quarter. For the year, registrations grew in 16 countries and declined in 14.
In other statistics in the quarterly report, there was a renewal rate of 81% for the quarter and there was an additional 1,561 new internationalised domain names (IDNs) registered to take the total to 42,382.
And if you’re looking to register a .eu domain name, there were 693 EURid accredited registrars at the end of the first quarter.
The European country code top level domain (ccTLD) is the sixth largest behind .cn (China), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .nl (Netherlands) and .ru (Russian Federation). There are also five generic top level domains (gTLDs) that are larger – .com, .net, .org, .info, .xyz and .top.