The domain .li is for Liechtenstein. It is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Liechtenstein, which traces its roots back to the personal domain of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The princely family acquired its .li ccTLD in 1989.
A .li ccTLD means that each person who registers their own web address must have a primary residence in Switzerland's Alpine neighbour to take advantage of this particular TLD - although you should be aware that registration rules are being tightened ahead of May 1st 2013.
Who can use a .li domain name?
As of that date, domain name registration is split into two categories - "European Union residents" and "Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals".
In layman's terms, this means that anyone in the EU can purchase a .li domain name while all other people must use another suffix such as .com/.net etc.
Specifically, you can register a .li address for personal or business use if:
You are an individual domiciled or resident in Liechtenstein; You are an enterprise domiciled or established in Liechtenstein; Your website is for the purpose of deriving income from within the European Union (EU) area.
Who regulates .li domain name?
As of May 1st, 2013, Liechtenstein's .li ccTLD Registry is operated by nic.li AG, a private limited company owned by the State of Liechtenstein regulated by law and supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Vaduz.
The Registry is responsible for all registrations in its zone under both Categories. It also manages requests to change information in the registry database pertaining to a specific domain name and administers all DNS servers for this zone.
Note: As of January 2nd 2014, Nic.Li AG has been appointed as the registry operator for .LI top-level domain names (both from European Union residents and from non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals).
Tips to choose ideal .li Domain Name
First of all, it's important to understand why you should choose a .li domain name. It's the only domain suffix that gives you access to over 12 million people in Europe who are online looking for goods and services. You have full control of your website so there are no ongoing fees to pay as with other providers.
The registration process is simple and your business will be given 800x more visibility on Google than competing websites with other suffixes because of the increase in traffic.
Common subdomains for .li domain names
espanol . li/ Spanish language sheen in Europe through Spain, Latin America and the United States of America;
com . li/ The most popular suffix worldwide is now available for Liechtenstein residents to use online;
org . li / Ideal for non-profit organisations that want to provide information on their cause or project;
me . li / A fun domain name that will increase traffic to your website because it's short
What documents do you need to register .li Domain Name?
Before you start the registration process, you should check that the domain name is available. Next, decide what kind of .li domain name you want to register - for your business, personal use or as a subdomain (e.g., example.ar.li). You will need to supply us with your full legal name and address along with the required documents listed below:
1- Proof of Residency (Passport)
2- Proof of Business License (Certificate)
3- Company Registration Certificate
4- Notarized Agreement Form
If you are signing up under Category 1 (European Union residents), click here or on the red box above. If you are interested in registering under Category 2 (non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals), click here or on the green box.
How much does .li Domain Name cost?
You'll be pleased to know that .li domain name registration is the same price for everyone, no matter where you are in Europe or worldwide. Here's how it works:
The cost of each new registration will be €35 + VAT (VAT at current Liechtenstein rate). The VAT is charged because Liechtenstein is part of the European Union.