The Finnish registry is to stop selling domain names from 5 September meaning registrants will be required to register their domains with a registrar such as Lexsynergy.
The change is one of a number of significant changes to registrant eligibility. FICORA is dropping the local presence requirement meaning foreign companies, organisations and individuals will be eligible to register .fi domains regardless of their place of residence. For the first time domain names that consist of a combination of a person’s first and last names will be allowed. Domains may also be registered with the purpose of redelivery (renting or otherwise relinquishing the actual domain for another party) which is currently not allowed.
The lessening of registrant restrictions means it will be easier for companies and individuals outside of Finland to register a .fi domain name. Companies within the EU which were previously unable to register a .fi domain should add this extension to their portfolio as soon as the restrictions are lifted in September. Lexsynergy can assist you with checking domain availability and placing your desired domains in our automatic queuing system. Email us for more details at [email protected].