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Member Profile: .nl

Full Name of Registry: SIDN (Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland)

Contact details:
SIDN
P.O. Box 5022
6802 EA Arnhem, the Netherlands
Utrechtseweg 310
6812 AR Arnhem, the Netherlands

Tel: +31 26 3525500
Fax: +31 26 3525505

E-mail: support@sidn.nl
Arnhem trade register no. 41215724
VAT no. NL804802671B.01
Bank details: ABN AMRO 60.18.67.165
IBAN code: NL25ABNA0601867165
Swift code: ABNANL2A

Founding date: Formed in 1996, SIDN is based in the Dutch town of Arnhem, where it employs sixtyfive people.

Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Registry

Number of domain names: 4,481,159 domain names (Friday 27 May 2011)

History: On 25 April 1986, the ‘.nl' top-level domain name became one of the first country codes for which responsibility was delegated to a body outside the US. The body in question was the CWI (Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica or Centre for Mathematics and Information Technology), run by Piet Beertema.

The early years of the .nl domain's existence were relatively uneventful.

The emphasis was on the development of technical systems, regulations and procedures. The registration activities themselves became more prominent as use of the Internet took off in the Netherlands and the number of registered domain names began to increase. This led to the creation of SIDN on 31 January 1996, by which time there were already 3,300 registered domain names. The prime movers behind the Foundation's creation were Boudewijn Nederkoorn, Managing Director of SURFnet, Ted Lindgreen, MD of NLnet and Piet Beertema of the CWI (Centre for Mathematics and Informatics). By the end of 1996, the number of registered .nl domain names had already increased to 9,215; a year later the figure had reached 10,000. Today, SIDN has more than 1,900 registrars and there are in excess of 4 million .nl domain names.

Annual reports: https://www.sidn.nl/en/about-sidn/annual-reports/