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… your URL ends with .swiss.

ChemECO domain .swiss

Today ChemECO SA welcomes you at its 100% purely Swiss address: chemeco.swiss.

The new .swiss internet domain is available to the Swiss community since September 2015. For this purpose, the Confederation has signed a contract with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the corporation which manages internet addresses.

The .swiss Top Level Domain creates added value for its holders, because

  • it unmistakably indicates the origin and the base of Swiss businesses and organisations;
  • underlines identification with the Swiss brand and its values;
  • gives the web presence of Swiss organisations the exclusivity they deserve;
  • raises the profile of Swiss brands far beyond the national frontiers.

Quality in the .swiss namespace is based on three pillars:

An exclusive circle of holders

Applicants for a .swiss domain name must set out a sufficient connection with Switzerland. This connection may exist through a registered place of business and a physical administrative base in Switzerland. An entry in the commercial register or the status of an association or a foundation is also required. An offering for natural persons is not currently planned.

Privileged treatment of public bodies and owners of trademark rights

In the launch phase, the desired domain name must be associated with a Swiss public body or with a trademark right (identifiers such as companies and trademarks in Swiss law).

Controlled assignment and supervised use of generic domain names (naming mandates)

Generic terms such as tourist.swiss, schokolade.swiss, finetools.swiss, armyknife.swiss or flug.swiss are specially protected. They can be used only for the benefit of the whole community concerned by the domain name. Applicants must provide proof of benefit when applying for a naming mandate. Implementation will be controlled by OFCOM.

In addition the publication of applications for 20 days before an assignment enables the inclusion of broader circles in the assignment procedure.

.swiss – The background

.swiss stands for the features of the Swiss brand which are recognised worldwide, such as quality, precision and reliability. In addition to the existing country domains such as .ch and designations such as .org, which have already been assigned, additional generic namespaces on the internet were made possible in 2012 by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). The Confederation has acquired the .swiss Top Level Domain in order to guarantee that it is used beneficially for the Swiss community and the Swiss economy.

The Federal Office of Communications OFCOM has been entrusted with the operation of the .swiss domain and with covering the incurred costs. As the registry, it will assign the domain names within .swiss according to fixed criteria and will promote quality and density in the .swiss namespace (Ordinance on Internet Domains OID, CC 784.104.2).

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