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Native language characters in domain names
This article provides you with more information about native language characters (such as ö, ä or ø) in domain names.
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are domain names that contain a special character – other characters than letters (A-Z), digits (0-9), and the hyphen. All the country specific top-domains Webnode provide in the Nordic countries (.se, .com, .nu, .fi, no, .dk) support the use of IDNs.
Some software, internet browsers and email programs convert IDNs into so-called Punycode so that anyone is able to find a website online (even if they do not use the Latin alphabet). This means that if you for example share a link to your website www.äö.com on Facebook, it might look like this:
This also apply to all email addresses created under the domain. This means that recipients of your emails might see firstname.lastname@example.org as the sender instead of info@äö.com.
If you use native language characters in your domain name we recommend to also register the same domain name without these special characters. Use a instead of ä and å, and o instead of ö. This way your website and e-mail addresses will always be shown properly. If you use two or more domains you can set one of the domains as a primary.
You can find more information about native language characters in domain names here:
- Finland: https://www.traficom.fi/en/communications/fi-domains/native-language-characters-domain-names
- Norway: https://adata.no/domene-idn/
- Sweden: https://internetstiftelsen.se/domaner/registrera-ett-domannamn/registrera-domannamn-med-alla-bokstaver/
- Denmark: https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/da/faqs/hvilke-tegn-kan-jeg-bruge-i-et-domaenenavn