.ch is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Switzerland in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Made available in 1987,[2] only two years after .com, it is administered by SWITCH Information Technology Services.[3]

Introduced20 May 1987
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistrySWITCH Information Technology Services
SponsorSWITCH Information Technology Services
Intended useEntities connected with   Switzerland
Actual useVery popular in Switzerland and also used around the world for domain hacks
Registered domains2,459,804 (15 November 2021)[1]
Registration restrictionsTwo letter domain names are restricted to cantons
StructureRegistrations permitted at second level
DocumentsTerms and conditions
Dispute policiesDispute Resolution Proceedings
Registry websitewww.nic.ch

The domain ch, as with other ccTLDs, is based on the ISO 3166-2 code for Switzerland derived from Confoederatio Helvetica (Helvetic Confederation),[4] the Latin name for the country, which was used because of its neutrality with regard to the four official languages of Switzerland.

Second-level domain names must be at least three letters long. Two-letter subdomain names are restricted to the Swiss cantons, as well as the domain ch.ch of the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. The only exception has been the former domain of the Expo.02 which was held in Switzerland, www.expo.02.ch.[citation needed]

Registrations of internationalized domain names have been accepted since March 2004.[citation needed]

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