For quite some time people have asked me about creating a larger version of our Country Codes of the World map, something they could pin up in their conference rooms or on office walls.
And a map without the legend, so that people could figure out on their own which ccTLDs stood for which country or region.
Now I’m pleased to offer just that — a whopping 4 foot by 3 foot black and white poster printed on lightweight paper.
Shown below is an excerpt of this map featuring our resident model Harlan. He’s a big cat and, despite his best efforts, even he can’t cover up all of the Americas.
To learn more and purchase, click here.
Feline not included.
Cuba has long had its own country code: .CU.
But most companies didn’t view this domain as a priority.
But be aware that this domain isn’t cheap. I’ve seen prices ranging from $800 to $1,100, so only larger companies will see this is an impulse buy.
But if you can get it, I think it’s wise to do so. It’s far cheaper to buy a domain at retail price then to have to buy it from a squatter later on.
Five years ago, Bulgaria applied for an IDN but was denied by ICANN on the basis of “string similarity” with the country code of Brazil.
Here is the Bulgarian IDN side by side with Brazil’s ccTLD: бг br.
String similarity is a complex and controversial issue. But Bulgaria refused to take no for an answer and, five long years later, received approval.
I’ve updated our IDN map to include Bulgaria’s IDN (see detail above).
There are now 33 country/regions with IDNs.