Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Strange" ccTLD names: Why Algeria is .dz

While most ISO 3166 country codes and ccTLDs are derived intuitively from the country's English names, some ccTLDs are based  on a nation's old name or local name . A case in point that was discussed recently was Switzerland's .CH(Confoederatio Helvetica), the Old Swiss Confederation, which many confuse as the ccTLD domain for China(.cn). Another example is .de after the German name Deutschland.

Another case in point is Algeria. The country code top level domain name for Algeria is .dz and is derived after the ancient Berber name for the country Dzajaer.

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