20(d) Explain the relationship between the applied-for gTLD string and the community identified in 20(a)

Prototypical answer:

gTLDFull Legal NameE-mail suffixDetail
.hamburgHamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbHdothamburg.deView


The proposed top-level domain name, “HAMBURG”, has been the name of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg for more than a thousand years. It is thus a string which is known worldwide to identify the .HAMBURG Community and its members. Therefore there is a very strong relationship between the applied-for string and the name of the community.


The .HAMBURG Community in the metropolitan area of Hamburg consists of about 4.3 million inhabitants, about 420,000 registered companies and enterprises and all institutional organizations such as the relevant local authorities of Hamburg. There cannot be a stronger relationship between the members of the .HAMBURG Community and the applied-for string, since the string “HAMBURG” is the word that is uniting them all.


The name HAMBURG is known worldwide and undoubtedly associated with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. However, there are some 24 cities, towns and villages with the name Hamburg located in various countries of the world, although any one of them reaches at a maximum 1% of the size of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in terms of inhabitants. Most of these have been founded by individuals who emigrated from Hamburg, Germany, or had another connection to it. Of course, the world famous Hamburger, originally the Hamburg Steak, is a descendant of the City of Hamburg, too.

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