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Introduced26 February 1993
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistrySWITCH Teleinformatics Services
SponsorUniversity of Liechtenstein
Intended useEntities connected with  Liechtenstein
Actual usePopular in Liechtenstein; gets some other uses
Registered domains70,587 (2022-12-15)[1]
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureRegistrations are made directly at second level
Registry websitewww.nic.li

.li is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Liechtenstein. The .li TLD was created in 1993. The domain is sponsored and administered by the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz.[2] Registration of .li domain names used to be managed by SWITCH, administrator of Switzerland's .ch ccTLD. In February 2013, SWITCH discontinued its .li registration service for private customers, delegating it to a number of recognized partner firms.[3]

There are no requirements to apply for the extension. Registrations of internationalized domain names have been accepted since March 2004.[4] Domain names under 3 characters are reserved for the state and its institutions.

Domain hacks and vanity usage[edit]

Many Long Island organizations and companies have adopted the .li TLD as a domain hack.[5]

As -li is a diminutive ending in Swiss German (Standard German -lein), many Swiss companies[which?] register an additional, or alternative, .li domain for their businesses and services.

In Russian, -li is a verbal ending of past tense plural form. That is why some Russian-oriented sites use it as a part of the site name with the verbal stem before the dot.

Li is also a Romanization of the second most common Chinese surname. Some people with this last name register .li domains for personal use.


  1. ^ "Number of .LI Domain Names". SWITCH. 2022-12-15. Archived from the original on 2022-12-17. Retrieved 2022-12-17.
  2. ^ IANA .li whois information
  3. ^ "The registration of new domain names ending in .li and the administration of existing domain names ending in .li is now only possible via the 60 or so Partners recognised by SWITCH." Information page for .li domain names. Henning Steier, Switch wehrt sich gegen Vorwürfe von Hostpoint, NZZ, 9 January 2013.
  4. ^ IDN - Domain Names with Accents and Umlauts
  5. ^ Solnik, Claude (2010-05-05), "Companies stake out .li territory online" (opening snippet), Long Island Business News, Long Island Business News, archived from the original on 2016-03-03, retrieved 2013-03-15