Skip to Content.
Sympa Menu

public-l - [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - DENIC 2015 Domain Statistics

public-l AT

Subject: Public DENIC mailinglist

List archive

[DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - DENIC 2015 Domain Statistics

Chronological Thread 
  • From: DENIC Presse <presse AT>
  • To: Public-l AT
  • Subject: [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - DENIC 2015 Domain Statistics
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:37:35 +0200


DENIC domain map 2015: The Regional Distribution of .de Domains in Germany

Dear Sir or Madam,

Regardless where you are, on the Zugspitze mountain or a Hallig island in
the North Sea, .de domains are everywhere in Germany ( Where precisely, you
will learn from DENIC's regional domain statistics. The registry managing
all domains with the ending .de now presents the results of 2015. As of 31
December 2015, about 14.8 million .de domains were registered in 402
cities and districts of Germany. Adding to these numbers are more than 1.1
domains of holders whose place of residence is abroad. In total, more than
16 million .de domains were registered at the end of 2015. Domain
development was moderate and confirmed the West-East divide of .de domain

Municipal Level: Metropolitan Regions Remain in the Lead
Looking at absolute domain numbers, one still finds three metropolitan
regions in the top ranks. With 995,563 domains, Berlin is still the
undisputed number one in the overall ranking of the cities; Munich
(605,511) and Hamburg (592,440) have swapped places. When referring the
number of .de domains to the number of inhabitants, Osnabruck is in the
lead again: With 1,444 .de domains per 1,000 inhabitants, it remains far
ahead of all its competitors. Like last year, the top trio of cities is
complemented by Munich (430) and Bonn (415). In regard to the
administrative districts, the frontrunners are located in the South of
Germany again, namely Bavaria: Starnberg (473 domains) maintained its lead
before Freising (430) and the district of Munich (377). The national
average increased by two to 183 .de domains per 1,000 inhabitants. (Higher
individual statistical values reflect local domain investors with
larger-scale domain portfolios.)

Regional Level: West German Domain Growth Outscores East German Increase
The ranking on the federal-state level for the number of domains related
to inhabitants also remained unchanged. The state of Hamburg - comprising
the city of Hamburg and its wider outskirts - with 339 domains per 1,000
inhabitants maintains its uncontested leading position and stays far ahead
of Berlin (291) and the state of Bavaria with its vast lands (209). As in
the preceding year, the state of Saxony-Anhalt (82) brings up the rear
after the states of Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 106 domains
per 1,000 inhabitants respectively. The national growth rate (1.28
percent) doubled compared to 2014 (0.63 percent). The average growth rate
was exceeded by six German federal states in 2015. Especially Berlin (+4.2
percent) and Schleswig-Holstein (+2.5 percent) scored much higher.
Excluding Berlin, the average domain growth among the states in the East
of Germany dropped to 0.25 percent compared to 1.17 percent in 2014.
Saxony is the only East German state that reported a negative growth (-0.1
percent). Related to absolute numbers, the so-called Free State of Saxony
ranked ten with 0.53 registered domains. North Rhine Westphalia (3.30
million) and Bavaria (2.64 million) remained on ranks one and two.

International Level: .de is Highly Popular also beyond German Borders
The year-on-year total domain growth rate for 2014/2015 was 1.3 percent
compared to 1.4 percent in 2013/2014. This is an increase by about 198,000
domains (previous year: 219,000). Furthermore, the 16.01 million .de
domains that were registered at the end of 2015 included 1,114,358 domains
of holders residing outside of Germany (2014: 1,096,960). This corresponds
to an unchanged 6.9 percent of the total number of domains registered
under .de. The holders of .de domains originate from 219 countries. As in
the past, German domains are particularly popular in the United States (17
percent), the Netherlands (12 percent) as well as in the Russian
Federation and the United Arab Emirates with 8 percent respectively. All
in all, 16,009,814 domains were registered with DENIC on 31 December 2015.
Statistically, 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
residing outside of Germany.

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

Kind regards

Susanne Knauf-Hochvárt
Public Relations


DENIC eG | Kaiserstraße 75 - 77 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main | GERMANY
E-Mail: presse AT | Fon: +49 69 27235-274 | Fax: -235

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


  • [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - DENIC 2015 Domain Statistics, DENIC Presse, 06/02/2016

Archive powered by MHonArc 2.6.19.

Top of Page