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Over 3 million websites have picked .eu extension

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The three millionth .eu domain name was registered by a German citizen on January 11. The European extension, introduced in 2006, has now entered the top 10, though far behind the well-known .com and its 78.6 million users.

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AFP - The European .eu web domain has picked up its three millionth customer since it was launched two and a half years ago, ranking it in the global cyber top 10, the EU commission announced Wednesday.

The third million .eu domain name, the European Union's version of .com addresses, was registered on Sunday by an unnamed German citizen.

"Two and a half years after its launch, this confirms the success of the .eu top-level Internet domain. It is the fourth most popular Internet domain among European country domains and the ninth worldwide," the EU commission said in a statement.

The achievement "indicates how .eu has clearly won public favour: a growing number of Internet users are embracing the opportunity to express their European character online," said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

"In particular, I am glad to see that an increasing number of small and medium-sized companies have adopted .eu as an integral part of their corporate identity and I am looking forward to seeing more companies taking advantage of .eu in the future," she added.

In Europe the .eu tag still lags behind Germany's .de and Britain's .uk and is battling with the Netherlands' .nl for third place.

In terms of total number of .eu registrations per country of origin, Germany continues to lead the way.

However in terms of size of take-up in proportion to population the European Union domain is most popular in Cyprus, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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