The Surprising World of (CountryName).Com Domain Names

Those who browse the Internet looking for information on a specific country or territory often out of habit add the ‘.com’ suffix to their inquiry in their browser toolbar or search engine of choice, which seems reasonable. You would think that it would have been a no-brainer for governments to have snapped up their own name for a .com website. This is far from the case, however. While some government tourism agencies such as those in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland were savvy enough to grab australia.com, newzealand.com, and ireland.com, only a dozen countries and dependent territories are the entire planet actual own their own (English language) name in the .com domain.

Once you delve into the high-priced world of domain name acquistion, you’ll find that the vast majority of country and territory names are simply being held by online companies looking to score large paydays by selling off the domain for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Most these names were orignally snapped up at little cost within the first few years of the World Wide Web, well before most people had an idea of what kind of money these domain would command just a handful of years later. Today, (country.com) domain names can be broken up into the following categories:
-Official government websites: Generally used to promote tourism and trade. Again, there really aren’t that many of these.

-Commercial sites: Usually either a media company in that country that has purchased the name to serve as a portal for their news, information, and internet service provision sites, or a travel company doing business in that country. There are also a number of companies or brands that just happen to share a name with a country (e.g., jordan.com, which leads to Nike’s line of Michael Jordan shoes).

-Non-government organisational sites: A non-government organisation doing work related to a specific region.

-Personal sites: Non-commercial sites belonging to individuals.

-Fraudulent, malicious, or misleading sites: Sites used for the purpses of scamming or extorting visitors, obtaining money under false pretenses, or depositing pop-up ads, trojans, and malware on your computer.

-Search engine optimisers posing as travel or information sites: A very common occurrence, this style of site contains a number of generic informtion pages about a country, often accompanied by accomodation listings or a widget for booking travel packages that eventually just lead you to another travel site. Optimisers are just methods to generate revenue via clicks on advertising or business listings from incoming web traffic, or to drive up the value of the domain by optimising web traffic.

-Search index-style sites not listed for sale: A generic page bearing only the domain address, a public domain picture, and a copyright notice/privacy policy link along with generic search terms and computer-generated advertisements; a common practice with countless domains around the Web. Most of these domains gets listed for sale eventually.

-Empty domains or domains listed for sale: Domains that either haven’t been registered or are waiting for someone to shell out enough money to buy them. Most are eithered anchored by search index-style site or simply redirect to a page soliciting a domain purchase.

-Domain parkers or cybersquatters, purpose unclear: Blank or virtually pages waiting for the owner to do something with them. Many domain parkers insert a search index-style page to occupy the domain until the owner uploads content.

 

Below, we present a listing of .com sites using the names of all sovereign states, partially unrecognised states, and dependent territories, broken into the categories listed above. As you will see, most of these domains aren’t serving any sort of functional purpose at the moment.

 

Official government websites

aruba.com: Official website of the Aruba Tourism Authority.

australia.com: Official website of Tourism Australia, the federal tourism agency.

bahamas.com: Official website of the Bahamian Ministry of Tourism.

bahrain.com: Operated by the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

curacao.com: Official website of the Curaçao Tourist Board.

greenland.com: Official website of Visit Greenland.

hungary.com: Redirects to gotohungary.com. Operated by Hungarian Tourism Plc, a UK-based branch of the state-owned tourism marketing agency.

ireland.com: Official website of Tourism Ireland.

jersey.com: Official website of Jersey Tourism.

newzealand.com: Official tourism, trade, and investment website.

seychelles.com: Redirects to www.seychelles.travel, website of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

switzerland.com: A portal for various federal and commercial tourism websites.

 

Mainstream commercial sites

aland.com: Local media & culture site. Alandislands.com is listed for sale at Jimmy.com.

argentina.com: An Argentine Internet service provider.

austria.com: News and information portal owned by Austrian media conglomerate Russmedia.

barbados.com: Redirects to Caribbean Online, a portal for a British Columbia-based travel agency.

belarus.com: Belarus Tractor International, the US distributor for Belarus-brand tractors imported from the Minsk Tractor Works.

bermuda.com: Travel information and booking site owned by local company MediaHouse Limited.

bolivia.com: News and information portal held by online media company Interlatin, which is based in the British Virgin Islands.

britishvirginislands.com: Local tourism & business directory not updated since 2009. Virginislands.com is a search index page full of advertising and keywords.

burma.com: Burma Sweaters, a Uruguayan clothing brand.

canada.com: News and information portal formerly held by Canadian media conglomerate Canwest Global , which entered bankrputcy in 2009. The newspaper, news gathering, and online media branches of the company, including canada.com, were sold to Postmedia Network the following year.

china.com: News and information portal.

colombia.com: Another news and information portal held by Interlatin.

cookislands.com: Redirects to Sokala Villas, a resort on the main island of Rarotonga.

cyprus.com: A business listing directory portal ‘started as an online resource for international students at Intercollege, now the University of Nicosia’. Possibly belongs in the optimiser category except the major advertisements appear to be directly purchased rather than randomly generated.

elsalvador.com: Portal of El Diario de Hoy, one of the country’s two major daily newspapers.

faroeislands.com: Local tourism website.

falklandislands.com: Official site of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board.

gambia.com: A business listing directory selling online advertisements and classfied advertisements for companies looking to attract businesses in the Gambia (Thegambia.com, meanwhile is listed for sale but suspiciously only taking silent bids).

georgia.com: Leads to Georgia Jobs, a job search engine for employment in the US state of Georgia.

ghana.com: A West African Internet service provider.

gibraltar.com: An online travel broker.

greece.com: An online travel broker.

guam.com: Local business directory and event calendar.

guatemala.com: As of the date of this posting, a countdown clock leading to the opening of a new digital media site/news and information portal in January 2014. Previously a search engine optimiser.

honduras.com: Travel website.

india.com: Indian news and information portal operated as a partnership of Penske Media Coporation and United Internet.

isleofman.com: Information and travel portal operated by Manx Telecom, the island primary telecommunications provider.

jamaica.com: See barbados.com.

jordan.com: Website of Nike’s shoe marque based around Michael Jordan.

kenya.com: Quebec-based travel agency that books safaris.

korea.com: Korean news and information portal with an insane amount of advertising.

lebanon.com: A very crowded business listing directory featuring seizure-inducing web design that will assault your senses.

malaysia.com: Online travel booking site.

malta.com: Online travel booking site.

mauritius.com: Mauritius Holidays, Ltd., another travel agency.

monaco.com: Monaco Enterprises, a security & surveillance equipment dealer in eastern Washington.

montenegro.com: Online travel booking site.

myanmar.com: Redirects to myanmar.cm (.cm is the top level domain for Cameroon), an ultra-bare bones aggregator.

northerncyprus.com: Operated by GoNorthCyprus Travel, a travel company operating in the disputed region.

norway.com: Norwegian American Weekly, North America’s only Norwegian-American newspaper.

paraguay.com: Online newspaper owned by the Paraguayan digital media company Servicios Digitales.

peru.com: Online news and information partal affiliated with El Comercio, the country’s oldest private newspaper.

portugal.com: Online travel booking site that also is willing to entertain offers for its domain.

saintmartin.com: See barbados.com. Both Stmartin.com and stmaarten.com lead to stmartin.com, which is a tourism portal operated by Caribe Broadcasting Network N.V.

serbia.com: Travel information site affiliated to Booking.com.

singapore.com: Travel information site.

sintmaarten.com: Redirects to guavaberry.com, home of the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company, a producer of liqueur and sauces.

slovakia.com: Travel information site.

somaliland.com: Held by Google, of all companies, as an email domain.

srilanka.com: Travel information site held by a company in Norway.

svalbard.com: Local tourism & business directory.

tokelau.com: One of the local travel information sites operated by Basecamp International.

tunisia.com: An English-language Tunisian message forum.

turksandcaicosislands.com: Part of the CityHotels.travel network, a discount loging and travel package broker which is in turn part of Intellistrand, a ‘developer of city, state and leisure portal Internet websites’. Turksandcaicos.com is listed for sale and redirects to a search index site hosted by German domain parking company Sedo.

unitedstates.com: A rather plain home page with a small banner and two links. The first link takes you to a very active message forum. The second link is just a link to Getaway.com, which appears to be a pretty rudimentary attempt at looking like a travel booking website. USA.com is a very basic information portal providing demographic information skimmed from the US Census, ostensibly for business intelligence; it’s owned by World Media Group, which is in turn an arm of United Internet. Unitedstatesofamerica.com is a idle Google Sites page.

zimbabwe.com: An arm of Ord Group, a Kenyan destination marketing firm.

 

Non-government organisational sites

abkhazia.com: The Abkhazia Institute, based in southern California, whose mission is to ‘catalyze and produce pioneering research and to shape public policy by integrating knowledge and methods across the social sciences to find ways for peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Georgian separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by joint project in social and economical spheres with mutual interests, including education, diseases prevention and control’.

 

Personal sites

germany.com: A humourous shot of a Bengal cat with the caption ‘Dont disturb me !!! I am busy and neither me nor germany.com is for sale ! ‘ (sic). Judging by the site’s terse FAQ, it’s likely owned for the novelty of owning it.

macedonia.com: A website with information on the history of Macedonia and links to Greek media and sports websites. No mention of the Republic of Macedonia, which was and is a touchy subject in Greece. Last updated in 1998.

micronesia.com: A fairly basic WordPress-style site with information on the country’s four states.

 

Fraudulent, malicious, or misleading sites

andorra.com: A site in both Spanish and Russian poorly disguising itself as a travel website. One wonders how anyone could be fooled by this site, keeping in mind that: 1) the official language of Andorra is Catalan, not Spanish; 2) it offers you the chance to ‘choose from more than 100 000 hotels’ in a country with a population of 85 000; and 3) the solicitation of your email address and PayPal/Visa account are directly plastered on the front page.

armenia.com: A generic page similar to afghanistan.com (see below), but worse. Even the title bar is misspelled ‘Aremnia.com’. The ‘Privacy Policy’ page also leads to more misspellings. Registered under Domains by Proxy.

dominicanrepublic.com: Looks like a search engine optimiser site at first until you get to this troubling page linked at the bottom of the homepage maked ‘Legal’, in which the website’s ‘Immigration Team’ promises to assist you in immigrating to the country. Click through, and it’s a poorly veiled attempt to gain control of your identification records and obtain some additional funds while they’re at it.

france.com: A numbered company in Florida acting as a middleman for travel packages. Basically charging a fee for things you can do yourself online.

iraq.com: Immediately leads to a cavalcade of redirections, automatic clickthroughs, pop-ups, and eventually a codec download solicitation. Almost certainly harmful to your computer.

italy.com: As above.

sierraleone.com: With AdBlock Plus turned on, simply a banner and a privacy policy link. Turn your blockers off, and you get hit with pop-ups.

thailand.com: The welcome page proclaims ‘Long Live Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit of Thailand’ and has a ‘Go to Thailand.com Page’ below which leads to a dual portal: one for export, and one for travel. Both are search engine optimisers; both give you plenty of pop-up ads.

 

Search engine optimisers posing as travel or information sites

algeria.com: A site offering very basic tourist information (but offering no actual tourist services), it is part of a chain of country-based domain names properties held by NewMedia Holdings, a Washington company which purchases generic domain names. Notable is the ‘stamp’ at the top of each page proclaiming algeria.com to be an ‘official website'; the other country-name domain sites it holds bear similar stamps.

azerbaijan.com: Owned by WN Network, whose main portal is a news aggregator site (enjoy its perfunctory, questionably-authored Wikipedia page that is all too eager to alert you that the site is safe and does not contain viruses). Essentially the same style and same purpose as the NewMedia Holdings sites.

bangladesh.com: Another NewMedia Holdings site.

belize.com: Another ultra-basic ‘travel info’ site; this one held by ITM Ltd. (Internet Travel Marketing).

bhutan.com: Same as above, only held by the German domain registrar Key-Systems.

cambodia.com: Almost a convincing travel agency-style page except that the page links at the bottom (About Us, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, etc.) all lead nowhere, and the ‘Book Now’ icons on the travel package pages are simply static images not linked to anything.

capeverde.com: Very elaborate as far as optimisers go, but falls victim to the dead giveaway of being rife with misspellings. Registered to a local company.

caymanislands.com: One of a number of sleek-looking optimisers based around city and region names operated by GeoPlatforms.

chile.com: Designed in the style of a news aggregator but plastered with enough solicitations to book hotel reservations to make the true purpose obvious. Registered to a local company.

costarica.com: Very generic-looking. Registered to a local company.

cuba.com: Combines the generic hotel listings of an optimiser site with the massive amount of generic keywords seen on a search index site.

czechrepublic.com: A WN Network site featuring a front-page news aggregator that hasn’t been updated in weeks.

ecuador.com: A NewMedia Holdings site.

egypt.com: Notable if only for this wonderfully garbled phrase on the front page: ‘A New Definition of Technicolor Mountains, deserts, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters all come together to form the magical landscapes one can witness in the Sinai’.

israel.com: Very generic agreggator-style design.

kazakhstan.com: A WN Network site.

luxembourg.com: Owned by DomainInvest (DI S.A.), a Luxembourg company specialising in domain name acquisition and sales that has also snagged domains such as belgique.com, bruxelles.com, kiev.com, multivitamins.com, lowfatdiets.co.uk, and halitosis.com.

maldives.com: Many of the links on this optimiser that aren’t clickthroughs to hotel websites take you to a WordPress blog.

mexico.com: Obviously not trying that hard since the copyright dates to 2004.

morocco.com: A NewMedia Holdings site.

nepal.com: As above.

nicaragua.com: As above.

papuanewguinea.com: Redirects to portmoresby.com, one of a large network of city-and-travel-specific domains purchased by the Tennessee-based Castello Cities Internet Network (CCIN). Each of these sites consists of a graphic titles and aniGIF flag, a couple of paragraphs of basic tourist information, generated advertisment links, and then a list of the other sites owned by CCIN.

puertorico.com: A NewMedia Holdings site.

qatar.com: Uses the slogan ‘Business combined with leisure and authenticity’. Its ‘Policy’ page also contains this game: ‘Please make sure read our Disclaimer And Notice for our services.’ Link leads to blank page.

saudiarabia.com: Same design and owner as qatar.com.

solomonislands.com: A WN Network site.

southafrica.com: A NewMedia Holdings site.

togo.com: Redirects to wn.com/to_go, a WN Network site. Instead of playing off the country name, however, it plays off of the phrase ‘To Go’ (specifically, ‘To Go coupon shopping’ is the title of the site, which itself is just a Vevo music video playlist with a keyword sidebar).

turkmenistan.com: Turkmenistan Information Center, a link portal for various Turkmenistan-related webpages hosted elsewhere. Not updated since 2008.

ukraine.com: A NewMedia Holdings site.

unitedstatesvirginislands.com: Very similar to a NA Media site, but different banner style. Usvirginislands.com is listed for sale and redirects to a search index site hosted by German domain parking company Sedo.

uruguay.com: Same design and owner as cuba.com.

uzbekistan.com: A WN Network site.

vietnam.com: Looks professional, has a promotion for Saigon Children’s Charity on the front page, and uses Flash nicely, but the giveaways are there: the Twitter account that hasn’t been touched in two-and-a-half years; phrases such as ‘Vietnam is home to many ethnic groups though it doesn’t consist of real separate ethnics‘; a hotel booking site in a completely different font. Owned by a company in Dallas, Texas.

yemen.com: Blog-style and filled with Google AdSense advertising; untouched in over a year.

 

Search index-style sites not listed for sale

afghanistan.com: A generic page bearing only the domain address, a public domain picture, and a copyright notice/privacy policy link. Held by Reflex Publishing, Inc., a Florida company which specialises in ‘search index sites based around our generic domain names’. Other domain names held by Reflex include motels.com, baseball.com, skiing.com, and cellphone.com, along with other country name-based domains, travel-based domain names, and sport-based domain names.

belgium.com: A generic domain name/public domain picture page held by NA Media (Name Administration Inc.), a Cayman Islands-based company specialising in acquiring valuable domain names.

brunei.com: A more traditional search index site (i.e. a title, a search box, keywords, and advertisements relating to the keywords) registered under Domains by Proxy, Go Daddy’s domain privacy service used by clients wishing to hide their contact information. The giveway is located on the identically-designed saotome.com, in which the copyright is held by a company called Marketing.Com.

chad.com: Same as above.

congo.com: A generic domain name/public domain picture page held by Digimedia.

eritrea.com: Keywords and an advertisement search link.

estonia.com: Same as brunei.com and chad.com.

ethiopia.com: Another Reflex Publishing site.

iceland.com: Another Digimedia site.

liberia.com: As above.

moldova.com: Another NA Media site.

mongolia.com: See brunei.com.

niger.com: As above.

niue.com: As above.

norfolkisland.com: A Digimedia site.

northernmarianaislands.com: Keywords and an advertisement search link hosted by Go Daddy.

panama.com: Keywords and an advertisement search link hosted by SmartName, another domain name acquirer.

philippines.com: A Digimedia site.

pitcairnislands.com: A Digimedia site. Pitcairn.com is a family wealth management firm.

saintpierreandmiquelon.com: A SmartName site. Stpierreandmiquelon.com is a search index site held by FirstPlace Internet. Saintpierre.com is listed for sale at BuyDomains.com. Stpierre.com is a personal family website last updated in 2006. Miquelon.com is a search engine optimiser owned by CCIN (see papuanewguinea.com).

slovenia.com: A generic domain name/public domain picture/keywords page held by FirstPlace Internet.

southkorea.com: Another Reflex Publishing site.

southsudan.com: Redirects to a search index page hosted at searchresultsguide.com.

suriname.com: A generic domain name/public domain picture/keywords page.

sweden.com: Redirects to a search index page hosted at searchresultsguide.com.

syria.com: A SmartName site.

tonga.com: Redirects to a search index page hosted at searchresultsguide.com.

uganda.com: A Digimedia site.

unitedarabemirates.com: Another NA Media site. UAE.com is held by FirstPlace Internet.

unitedkingdom.com: A Reflex Publishing site. Greatbritain.com redirects to Go Daddy, where it is listed for sale. UK.com is an active company marketing domain extension sales at (name).uk.com to British companies.

vanuatu.com: A SmartName site.

zambia.com: A Digimedia site.

 

Empty domains or domains listed for sale

akrotirianddhekelia.com: Not registered. Akrotiri.com and dhekelia.com are listed for sale at domainnamesales.com.

americansamoa.com: Listed for sale. Redirects to a search index site hosted by German domain parking company Sedo.

angola.com: Listed for sale at a pricey US$900 000; redirects to DomainMarket.

benin.com: Listed for sale (US$600 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

bouvetisland.com: Held by NA Media; listed for lease at domainnamesales.com. Bouvet.com leads to the French decorative hardware and metal forger.

britishindianoceanterritory.com: Held by NA Media; listed for lease at domainnamesales.com.

bulgaria.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

burkinafaso.com: Listed for sale (US$600 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

burundi.com: Listed for sale (US$400 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

cameroon.com: Listed for sale (US$500 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

centralafricanrepublic.com: Listed for sale (US$200 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

christmasisland.com: Listed for sale; redirects to Go Daddy.

cocoskeelingislands.com: Listed for (US$1 895); redirects to HugeDomains.com. Cocosislands.com redirects to a Sedo search index site. Keelingislands.com is listed for sale (US$1 185) at Go Daddy.

comoros.com: Listed for sale (US$750 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

cotedivoire.com: Listed for sale. Sale page goes out of its way to stress that ‘we are not part of the Cote D’Ivoire Embassy’. ivorycoast.com is also listed for sale and redirects to DomainMarket.

croatia.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

denmark.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

djibouti.com: Listed for sale (US$500 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

easttimor.com: Listed for sale from NA Media. Timorleste.com is also for sale.

equatorialguinea.com: Listed for sale (US$300 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

fiji.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

finland.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

frenchpolynesia.com: Listed for sale (US$600 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

gabon.com: Listed for sale (US$400 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

guinea.com: Listed for sale (US$500 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

guinea-bissau.com: Listed for sale; redirects to DomainMarket. The lowest priced domain of the three Guineas at US$200 000. Guineabissau.com (no hyphen) is a WN Network site (see azerbaijan.com).

haiti.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

japan.com: For sale/lease by World Accelerator, an arm of United Internet (see india.com).

kiribati.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

kosovo.com: Listed for sale (US$195 000); redirects to Sedo.

kyrgyzstan.com: For sale from Go Daddy for US$100 000. Current site is a search index page.

laos.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

latvia.com: As above.

lesotho.com: Listed for sale (US$300 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

libya.com: Listed for sale or rent at Mark, another company specialising in domain names.

liechtenstein.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

lithuania.com: As above.

mali.com: Listed for sale (US$900 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

marshallislands.com: Another NA Media search index site, but this one is listed for sale at namingrights.com.

mauritania.com: Listed for sale (US$600 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

mozambique.com: Registered at NameChase but doesn’t lead anywhere.

namibia.com: Listed for sale (US$400 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

netherlands.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

newcaledonia.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

oman.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

pakistan.com: Listed for sale; redirects to Go Daddy.

poland.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

romania.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

russia.com: Listed for sale; redirects to Go Daddy.

rwanda.com: Listed for sale (US$700 000); redirects to DomainMarket.

saintbarthelemy.com: Not registered. Stbarthelemy.com is listed for sale and redirects to a Sedo search index site.

saintkittsandnevis.com: Held by NA Media; listed for sale at domainnamesales.com (the same goes for Stkitts.com). Stkittsandnevis.com is listed for sale and redirects to a Sedo search index site. Saintkitts.com is a generic domain name/public domain picture page held by Digimedia. Nevis.com takes you to Caribbean Online (see barbados.com).

saintlucia.com: Redirects to a blank white page hosted at searchresultsguide.com. Stlucia.com is a banner and ‘Coming Soon!’ domain park owned by MediaHouse Ltd. of Bermuda.

samoa.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

sanmarino.com: As above.

saotomeandprincipe.com: As above. Saotome.com is a Marketing.Com search index site (see brunei.com). Principe.com is owned by the Toronto-based Tucows and is used to sell personalised email addresses to people with the surname ‘Principe’.

somalia.com: Listed for sale; redirects to Go Daddy.

southgeorgia.com: A generic domain name/public domain picture page (in this case, an elderly couple in Hawaiian shirts on vacation); held by Marchex Sales and listed for sale by Archeo Domains, yet another ‘premium domain name’ specialist.

southossetia.com: As above.

spain.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

sudan.com: Listed for sale; redirects to Go Daddy.

suriname.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

taiwan.com: Registered but doesn’t lead anywhere.

tajikistan.com: Held by NA Media; listed for sale at buydomains.com.

tanzania.com: Held by NA Media; listed for lease at domainnamesales.com.

transnistria.com: Listed for sale at domainbrokers.com. Redirects to a search index site.

trinidadandtobago.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site. Trinidad.com and tobago.com are two more MediaHouse site similar to stlucia.com but have a travel package booking widget under the banner instead of ‘Coming Soon!’

tuvalu.com: Listed for sale at domainbrokers.com. Redirects to a search index site.

vaticancity.com: Listed for sale (US$600 000); redirects to DomainMarket. Vatican.com is a search optimser owned by InternetDominion.Com. Holysee.com leads to a WordPress site offering the domain for between US$50 000 and US$100 000.

venezuela.com: Listed for sale; redirects to a Sedo search index site.

wallisandfutuna.com: Held by Marchex Sales and listed for sale by Archeo Domains. Wallis.com is the home of a small Californian web design and hosting business, while futuna.com is one of Digimedia’s search index sites.

westernsahara.com: Held by Marchex Sales and listed for sale by Archeo Domains.

 

Domain parkers or cybersquatters, purpose unclear

albania.com: ‘Sorry, this site is NOT available.’ Registered under Domains by Proxy.

anguilla.com: ‘Coming soon…’

antiguaandbarbuda.com: Empty but registered by an individual. Antigua.com leads you to English sporting goods company Slazenger‘s line of golf and tennis apparel. Barbuda.com is for sale and redirects to Sedo; oddly enough, the current owner is Col.com (see barbados.com).

bosniaandherzegovina.com: Parked by Sedo. Registered under Whois Privacy Services Pty Ltd, an Australian company similar to Domains by Proxy. Bosnia.com is up for sale at Go Daddy, while Nevada Trade is offering herzegovina.com for US$30 000.

botswana.com: A blank page with the title bar ‘The Leading Botswana Site on the Net’. The title bar is the same format as the one at belgium.com, indicating a relation to NA Media.

brazil.com: ‘Under construction’. Registered under Domains by Proxy.

dominica.com: The exact same ‘Coming soon…’ as anguilla.com, indicating the same owner.

grenada.com: As above.

guernsey.com: Held by cdncomputer.com via domain parker DomainSponsor.

guyana.com: ‘Please contact support. Your site has been suspended temporarily for CPU usage abuse due to high traffic.’

indonesia.com: Redirects to a Sedo search index site.

iran.com: ‘403 Error – Forbidden.’

kuwait.com: ‘If you are the owner of this website and were not expecting to see this page, please contact your hosting provider.’

madagascar.com: A message in German from the server host to the domain holder welcoming them to the domain.

malawi.com: Held by cdncomputer.com via DomainSponsor.

montserrat.com: ‘Coming soon…”

nagornokarabakh.com: ‘This Site Is Under Construction and Coming Soon. This Domain Is Registered with Network Solutions.

nauru.com: As above.

nigeria.com: ‘Site under maintenance’.

northkorea.com: Redirects to a Sedo search index site.

palau.com: A blank white page.

palestine.com: Redirects to a Sedo search index site.

sainthelena.com: Redirects to a Sedo search index site. Sthelena.com is the website for the chamber of commerce in St. Helena, California.

saintvincentandthegrenadines.com: Redirects to a Sedo search index site. Stvincentandthegrenadines.com is held by Marchex Sales and listed for sale by Archeo Domains. Saintvincent.com is a search index page held by Digimedia. Stvincent.com and grenadines.com are two more MediaHouse sites, but have a travel package booking widget under the banner instead of ‘Coming Soon!’.

senegal.com: A blank white page.

turkey.com: ‘Under construction’.

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