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Introduced 2007
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Sponsor Korea Computer Center
Intended use Entities connected with
 North Korea
Actual use Used mainly by government, very few domains in use.
Registration restrictions Must be a company, organisation, or government entity based in North Korea

.kp is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of North Korea. It was created on September 24, 2007.[1]


As of 2012 there remain relatively few websites in the .kp domain. As internet access within North Korea is very limited, .kp websites mostly target foreign audiences. A few of the websites in this domain are:

Previously, the .kp domain was managed by KCC Europe. A large number of .kp websites were also hosted by KCC Europe in Germany. However, as of 2012, management of the .kp domain has been transferred to the Pyongyang-based Star Joint Venture.[2] Most .kp websites (such as all of those listed above) are also now hosted within North Korea.

Internet in North Korea[edit]

North Korea has no private Internet service providers.

According to former leader Kim Jong-Il, "I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." [3]

Access is rare and limited; Reporters Without Borders once described the nation as "the world’s worst Internet black hole"[4] as "Internet officially does not exist in the world’s most isolated country, but a handful of privileged people are allowed to go online through the phone system (which is routed through China) or via satellite." [5]

On 9 October 2010, in conjunction with its 65th anniversary of independence, the DPRK made a block of IP addresses available for use within the country. Hosting of sites and general access was provided by China Netcom. This allowed for Net access to journalists reporting on the anniversary celebrations.[6]

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