European domains: Portugal (.com.pt)
.pt is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Portugal and is managed by the FCCN. It has the following second-level domains:.com.pt: no restrictions; online registration.edu.pt: education.gov.pt: Government of Portugal.int.pt: international organizations or diplomatic missions in Portugal.net.pt: telecommunications providers.nome.pt: individuals (nome is Portuguese for name).org.pt: Non-profit organizations.publ.pt: publications (e.g. newspapers)Registration directly at second-level is available, with restrictions:.pt: no restrictions; online registration.edu.pt: education.gov.pt: Government of Portugal.int.pt: international organizations or diplomatic missions in Portugal.net.pt: telecommunications providers.nome.pt: individuals (nome is Portuguese for name).org.pt: Non-profit organizations.publ.pt: publications (e.g. newspapers)Registration directly at second-level is available, with restrictions:Apart for .gov.pt, Portuguese subdomains were slow to catch on, because many people had already registered under .pt when the new ones became available. Many companies, colleges and people still prefer to use a .pt because these are harder to get (te chance of getting a spam link is very low) and simpler to remember.
There are also inconsistencies: for example, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not www.mne.gov.pt, but www.min-nestrangeiros.pt. However, the .com.pt subdomain is being heavily promoted by the registry, and now has a large number of registrations and active Web sites. Others such as .nome.pt for individuals are still very uncommon.
In the early years, FCCN tried to keep control of the .pt domain using very stringent rules, which were adjusted a number of times. The precedent set by domains which were already registered but which would not be able to be registered under updatedrules led to lawyers requesting the registry of any domain based on the principle of equal treatment. When the situation was out of control, FCCN tried to promote subdomains like com.pt. Nevertheless, since the registration directly under .pt was still available, users tended to prefer these.
It is estimated that the .pt suffix comprises a little less than 10% of all the portuguese-language internet. It is the third most popular portuguese-language suffix, after .br and .com, and ahead of .net, .org and .info, all above 10 million pages.
Background Information :
Population2007 estimate 10,617,575 (77th) - 2001 census 10,355,824 - Density 114/km2 (87th) 295/sq mi
GDP(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $230.834 billion (43rd) - Per capita $21,778 (IMF) (34th)
National Anthem"A Portuguesa"
AreaTotal 92,345 km2 (110th) 35,645 sq mi - Water (%) 0.5
International Dialling Code351
Population type95.9% Portuguese, 4.1% (Brazilians, Capeverdeans, Ukrainians, Angolans, other minorities)
GovernmentParliamentary republic - President AnÈ¡bal Cavaco Silva - Prime Minister Joscrates - Assembly President Jaime Gama FormationConventional date for Independence is 1139 - Founding 868 - Re-founding 1095 - De facto sovereignty 24 June 1128 - Kingdom 25 July 1139 - Recognized 5 October 1143 - Papal Recognition 1179 EU
LanguagePortuguese Recognised regional languages Mirandese
Time ZoneWET (UTC0) - Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1). Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: RepÈ¦blica Portuguesa), is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal.
The land within the borders of today's Portuguese Republic has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. Some of the earliest civilizations include Lusitanians and Celtic societies. Incorporation into the Roman Republic dominions took placein the 2nd century BC. The region was ruled and colonized by Germanic peoples, such as the Suebi and the Visigoths, from the 5th to the 8th century. From this era, some vestiges of the Alans were also found. The Muslim Moors arrived in the early 8th century and conquered he Christian Germanic kingdoms, eventually occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula. In the early 1100s, during the Christian Reconquista, Portugal appeared as a kingdom independent of its neighbour, the Kingdom of Leon and Galicia. In a little over a century, in 1249, Portugal would establish almost its entire modern-day borders by conquering territory from the Moors.