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Below are some additional statistics taken from the .ie domain database.
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Number of .ie domains registered
At the end of 2017 the total number of .ie domains in the database was 237,412. On a per capita basis this equates to 50 domains per 1,000 of population. Ireland ranks ahead of some larger countries, including France (46 .fr domains per 1,000 people) and Russia (38 .ru domains). However, there are countries with smaller or similar populations that have significantly more, including Lithuania (64 .lt domains per 1,000 people) and Denmark (234 .dk domains).
Quarterly growth of .ie domain registrations
The chart below depicts the quarterly growth of .ie domain name registrations. As evidenced in the chart, registrations have been on an upwards growth trend in recent years.
Number of new .ie registrations
There were 39,523 .ie domains registered in 2017 which was a record-breaking year. This equates to roughly 108 new .ie registrations every day in 2017 and is more than any other single year.
Total .ie domains registered at 31 December 2017 by domain holder type
When a domain is registered, we collect useful GDPR compliant information about the domain holder, specifically the type (e.g. whether they are a natural person, corporate body, sole trader etc). The below chart represents the percentages of each domain holder type. It confirms that the business sector continues to be the largest class of domain holder type with body corporates at 53.75% and sole traders at 22.77%.
Total .ie domains registered at 31 December 2017 by county
The chart below analyses the .ie database on a county by county basis. The county with the largest number of domain names registered is Dublin at 100,017 followed by Cork at 18,825 representing 46.28% and 8.57% respectively of the total domains in the .ie database. Fermanagh has the lowest recorded number of registered domains at 169 or 0.08% of the database. In terms of population density and the level of corporate activity the breakdown of the market share is not too surprising.
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