Annual report 2022

2022 was an atypical year for the internet world, and thus for DNS Belgium and domain names. Whereas smaller companies accelerated digitisation during the Covid years, this stagnated in 2022. Not just domain names but internet traffic in general. Still, our figures show that the accelerated digitisation is sustainable: those who have taken the step of having their own website continue to actively use it.

Philip Du Bois

Evolution in the number of domain names

Number of revoked .be domain names

We revoke domain names that do not comply with our terms and conditions because they are used for fraud, for example, or because the holder's details are incorrect.

Number of new .be registrations per year

How many new registrations of .be domain names did we see in 2022 compared to previous years?

Total number of .be domain names

How many .be domain names do we count at the end of 2022 compared to previous years?

Total number of domain names end 2022

Renewals of domain names 2022

The domain name extension market in Belgium

Which extensions do Belgians choose for their domain name?

Use of .be domain names

What are .be domain names used for?

Website content

We break down the websites linked to the .be, .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names according to the classification of the Registry-Registrar Data Group of CENTR. The main categories are: Industry, Personal and Low content. Websites, blogs, etc. fall under Personal. Low content comprises all websites with minimal content: pay per click, error messages, holding pages. Industry contains all business domain names which we divide further into different subcategories.

.be websites

.be domain names, the most important sectors in relation to the total number of .be websites:

.brussels and .vlaanderen are used above all by the respective governmental authorities. For .vlaanderen, the Flemish government opted to have their .vlaanderen domain names redirected to an existing .be website.

.brussels websites

.vlaanderen websites


Holders of .be domain names per country of origin

Number of Belgian/foreign .brussels domain name holders

Number of Belgian/foreign .vlaanderen domain name holders

Distribution of .be domain names across the regions

Distribution of .be domain names per postal code and per 100 inhabitants

Locations of .be domain name holders worldwide

Number of .be domain names per holder

Distribution private individuals/companies .be


For .be, we work with 363 registrars. The 10 largest registrars hold 61.4% of .be domain names, an increase of 3.4%.