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EURid, the .eu registry, is launching the .ευ extension. Nowadays everyone knows the .eu extension, the extension that shows your European roots. Within the European Union, we don’t only have different languages, we also have different writings. After the .eu launch, the Cyrillic writing .ею followed. Soon however, also the Greek .ευ will follow.

Last week over 350.000 .uk domain names have (finally) been claimed by their rightful owner. Over the last 3 weeks combined, there were even well over one million .uk domain names registered. That’s much more than for example the 271.000 .uk names registered during the 52 weeks of 2018.

Almost exactly 5 years ago, direct registrations under .uk were launched. Prior to that time, only registrations under subdomains like .co.uk or .org.uk were possible. Owners of a .co.uk (or .org.uk, .net.uk,…) however had their name reserved for them free of charge for the first 5 years. Because of this, most stuck with their .co.uk domain name and didn’t bother registering (and starting to pay for) the same name under .uk.