20(a) Provide the name and full description of the community that the applicant is committing to serve

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.wienpunkt.wien GmbHpunktwien.atView

* Clearly delineated and pre-existing *

The string “WIEN” is a unique word that has a clear and unique meaning: It stands for the capital of the Republic of Austria.
Exclusively eligible to register a domain name under the top-level domain .WIEN are members of the .WIEN Community which are natural persons, legal persons, organizations or associations of persons, if they can demonstrate that they have an economic, cultural, touristical, historical, social or any other connection to the Austrian capital WIEN.

By this definition the .Wien Community is clearly delineated, well organized, and pre-existing. The City of Wien (Vienna) has a history which goes back to Roman times. It has been the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria, being its primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austriaʹs population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political center. It is the 9th-largest city by population in the European Union. Wien is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary; the geographical size of the city of Wien itself is approximately 414.65 sq km (160.10 sq mi).

Diversity and vitality have always characterized the city of Wien and its inhabitants. Politics, business enterprises, cultural and social institutions, and each individual citizen of Wien present their city to the world not only as the capital of Austria, but as a unique city. The unique identity of the city in particular lends the city its typical charm. With the introduction of .WIEN the city will add another identity-defining feature. Entrepreneurs, artists, service providers, civic institutions and individuals will have the opportunity to present themselves under a common TLD and to show at the same time that they together are ʺWienʺ – despite all the individual facets.

The City of Wien has a special position within Austria because it is the federal capital, i.e. the seat of the Republic of Austria’s highest authorities, a federal province of the Republic of Austria, and a municipality with the legal status of a chartered city.

Wien as the federal capital of Austria
As the seat of the republic’s highest authorities (federal parliament, head of state, federal government and the highest courts), Vienna is the economic and political centre of Austria.

Wien as a federal province of Austria
Since 1 January 1922, Vienna has been one of the nine autonomous federal provinces that form the Republic of Austria. As a federal province, Vienna has a right to its own legislation and provincial executive body. In addition, it is entitled to designate eleven of its own representatives for the second chamber of federal legislation, the so-called Federal Assembly, which is also known as “Chamber of Provinces”. Legislation in Vienna is in the hands of the Vienna Provincial Parliament. The highest executive body is the Vienna Provincial Government, which is headed by the Governor. The Provincial Parliament has 100 members; the Provincial Government is formed by the Governor and currently 12 members of government called City Councillors. Administrative tasks are performed by the Office of the Provincial Government under the direction of the Head of the Office of the Provincial Government.

Wien as a municipality
The Federal Constitutional Act stipulates that every municipality in Austria must have three mandatory bodies, which are to be supported by an administrative apparatus. The mandatory bodies to be established by every municipality are: a) the City Council, b) the City Government (in Wien: the City Senate), and c) the Mayor.

A Municipal Council Office must be established to perform tasks of municipal administration. In Wien, the City Administration assumes this role, while it also constitutes a body in its own right. Based on the Wien City Statutes, a number of other, non-mandatory bodies and offices have been established (i.e. bodies not stipulated by the Federal Constitutional Act). These include the Executive City Councillors, the committees and commissions of the City Council, and the District Councils. The Wien City Statutes (“Wiener Stadtverfassung”, abbreviated WStV) serve as Wien’s municipal statutes. Their first section takes the form of a provincial law, while the second section – which defines the tasks and functions of Wien as a federal Province – has the status of a constitutional act at provincial level.

Wien is composed of 23 districts (Bezirke). Administrative district offices in Wien (called Magistratisches Bezirksamt) serve similar to those in the other states (called Bezirkshauptmannschaft), the officers being subject to the Landeshauptmann (which in Wien is the mayor); with the exception of the police, which in Wien is governed by the President of the Police (at the same time one of the nine Directors of Security of Austria), a federal office, directly responsible to the Minister of the Interior.

The City of Wien has been established as the core of the .WIEN Community and has a history which goes back to the time of the Roman Empire. In the first century AD, the Romans set up a military camp, called Vindobona, which was situated in what is today the core of the city. The course of the wall is reflected, to this day, in a series of streets in the inner city.

The activities of the City of Wien include all political, economic, cultural, touristical, social and other activities a metropolis may pursue.


The size of the .WIEN Community is mainly defined by the natural Community of the City of Wien which comprises of about 1.7 million inhabitants, about 115,000 registered companies and all institutional organizations such as the relevant local authorities of the City of Wien.

The membership eligibility to the .Wien Community is defined in #20e.

The geographic extent of the City of Wien is about 414 squarekilometers. More information can be found at the offical website at http:⁄⁄www.wien.gv.at⁄english⁄

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