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.se registrars, requirements and history
The .se domain is the Internet country code for Sweden. It was first issued in 1986 and is currently operated by Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation (also known as .SE). Before 2003, it was very difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to register a .se domain. Under the old system, registration was restricted to nearly everyone except for organizations registered with the government. In addition, domain names were severely restricted. An approved body could only register a domain name that was close to the name they registered with to the government. To make matters worse, the Swedish alphabet characters å,ä, and ö were unavailable due to technical problems. This created conflict between entities, most notably between the Habo and Håbo municipalities.
Post-2003, .SE loosened the rules to allow anyone to register a .se domain and streamlined the registration process. It is as simple as using a domain name service such as MyDomain or GoDaddy. The .SE website has a search function that allows users to browse for potential service providers. However, .SE does have some rules and restrictions. Domain names must not be on .SE's list of restricted or reserved domains, and names are issued on a "first come, first serve" basis. An .se domain name must have a minimum of two characters, and can have a maximum of 63. Characters from Swedish, English, any of Sweden's officially recognized minority languages, and the languages of neighboring Nordic countries are acceptable, as well as dashes and the numbers 0-9.