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  • From: DENIC Presse <presse AT>
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  • Subject: [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - DENIC 2014 Domain Statistics - .de is everywhere
  • Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 14:37:59 +0200


.de is everywhere
DENIC domain map 2014: The regional distribution of .de domains in Germany

Dear Sir or Madam,

DENIC, the registry for .de domains, presents the results of the regional
domain statistics 2014. As at 31 December 2014, it includes about 14.6
million .de domains in the 402 cities and districts of Germany. Adding to
these numbers are more than one million domains of holders whose place of
residence is abroad. In total, about 15.8 million .de domains were
registered at the end of 2014. Domain development in 2014 was slightly
slower than in the preceding years and confirmed the East-West divide of
.de domain distribution.

Municipal level: Metropolitan regions remain in the lead
Looking at absolute domain numbers, one still finds three metropolises on
the top ranks. With 955,484 domains, Berlin remains the undisputed number
one in the overall ranking of the cities. Despite minor domain losses,
Hamburg (592,192) consolidated the second place before Munich (591,199).
When referring the number of .de domains to the number of inhabitants,
Osnabruck is in the lead again: With 1,416 .de domains per 1,000
inhabitants, it scored a significant increase on 2013. Munich (426) moved
from rank three to rank two among the German cities. Third in the top trio
is Bonn (422), which last was in this league in 2012. As regards the
administrative districts, last year's number three, Starnberg (474
domains), took the lead. Freising (460) successfully defended its position
on rank two. It is followed by the administrative district of Munich
(387). The federal average increased by four to 181 .de domains per 1,000
inhabitants. (Individual statistical outliers can be due to local domain
investors with larger-scale domain portfolios.)

Regional level: East slightly outperforms West in domain growth
On the federal level, the leading trio remains unchanged. The city state
of Hamburg with 341 domains per 1,000 inhabitants maintains its
uncontested leading position and stays far ahead of Berlin (283) and the
territorial state of Bavaria (209). As in the preceding year,
Saxony-Anhalt (81) brings up the rear after Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and
Thuringia with 105 domains per 1,000 inhabitants respectively. The
national growth rate further declined to 0.63 percent compared to 1.7
percent in 2013. Far better than the average growth rate score Berlin
(+4.6 percent) and Schleswig-Holstein (+4.1 percent). Among the federal
states in the East of Germany, only Brandenburg (+1.4 percent) and
Thuringia (+1 percent) exceed the annual mean value. However, declines in
domain numbers are recorded only in the Western part of Germany, in
Bavaria (-2.5 percent) and in the hanseatic cities of Bremen (-1.2
percent) and Hamburg (-1.1 percent). Nevertheless, related to absolute
numbers, the Free State of Bavaria with more than 2.61 million .de domains
still occupies rank two after North Rhine Westphalia, which remains in the
lead with 3.25 million .de domains.

International level: Popularity of .de is increasing also beyond German
The year-on-year total domain growth rate for 2013/2014 was 1.4 percent
compared to 2.0 percent in 2012/2013. This is an increase by about 219,000
domains (previous year: 309,000). Furthermore, the 15.8 million .de
domains that were registered at the end of 2014 included 1,097,000 domains
of holders residing outside of Germany (2013: 986,000). This corresponds
to about 6.9 percent of the total number of domains registered under .de.
The holders of .de domains originate from 217 countries. Like in the past,
German domains are particularly popular in the United States (15 percent)
and the Netherlands (12 percent) as well as in Switzerland and the United
Arab Emirates with 8 percent respectively. All in all, 15,811,430 domains
were registered with DENIC on 31 December 2014. Statistically, nearly
every fifth inhabitant of the Federal Republic of Germany has registered a
domain under the TLD .de. Thus, Germany consistently ranks fourth in the
world after the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.

Detailed online data available
You will find comprehensive data and graphic material as well as the
complete regional analysis in form of an Excel file for all the 402 cities
and districts in the statistics section of the DENIC website at
We also make available the annual analyses since 1995. In addition to
absolute values, the statistics provide data on the number of domains
related to the number of inhabitants, complemented by maps and diagrams
showing the absolute and the relative distribution of domestic domains as
well as of domain holders whose place of residence is abroad.

If you have any queries or need additional information, please feel free
to contact us.

Kind regards

Susanne Knauf-Hochvárt
Public Relations


Kaiserstraße 75-77
60329 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: presse AT
Fon: +49 69 27235-274
Fax: +49 69 27235-235

Angaben nach § 25a Absatz 1 GenG:
DENIC eG (Sitz: Frankfurt am Main)
Vorstand: Helga Krüger, Andreas Musielak, Carsten Schiefner, Dr. Jörg
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: Thomas Keller
Eingetragen unter Nr. 770 im Genossenschaftsregister, Amtsgericht
Frankfurt am Main


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