|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||SWITCH Information Technology Services|
|Sponsor||SWITCH Information Technology Services|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Switzerland|
|Actual use||Very popular in Switzerland|
|Registration restrictions||Two letter domain names are restricted to cantons|
|Structure||Registrations permitted at second level|
|Documents||Terms and conditions|
|Dispute policies||Dispute Resolution Proceedings|
The ".ch" domain derives from Confoederatio Helvetica (Helvetic Confederation), the Latin name for the country, which was used because of its neutrality with regard to the four official languages of Switzerland. CH is the ISO 3166-2 code for Switzerland and also is used on vehicle plates. In addition to Confoederatio Helvetica, the ".ch" domain has been jokingly used as a shortening of the word chocolate, in relation to Switzerland's love for it.
Domain names must be at least three letters long. Two letter domain names are restricted to the Swiss cantons, as well as the domain ch.ch of the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. The only exception so far was the former domain of the Expo.02 which was held in Switzerland, www.expo.02.ch.
Registrations of internationalized domain names have been accepted since March 2004.
- From the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
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