.nl is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Netherlands. It is one of the popular ccTLDs and also one of the first ccTLD to be introduced.
Since 1996, .nl TLD is administered by the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN, in English: Foundation for Internet Domain Registration Netherlands). In the early days, most of .nl domain registrants were universities and research departments of companies. Now, anyone can register a .nl domain name with accredited registrar companies.
There is no official second-level extension for .nl. So, anyone can register a domain name directly under .nl domain extension.
.NL domain extension ranks #11 among all domain extensions, and #5 among all country-code extensions (ccTLDs). Currently, there are 4.3 Million registered .nl domain names. SIDN (Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland) is the registry of .nl extension.
The most popular .nl domain name is google.nl. Its worldwide rank is 949.