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TLD typeTemporary country code top-level domain
Intended useEntities connected with Kosovo
Registry websiteNone

.xk is a temporary, unofficial country code top-level domain for Kosovo,[a] assigned under UN Security Council resolution 1244/99.[1]

XK falls under the ISO 3166-1 "alpha-2 user-assigned codes", which include AA, ZZ, QM to QZ and XA to XZ.[2] This means it is reserved for private use and will not be permanently assigned to any entity – nor used as a country code top-level domain.[3][4][failed verification] Thus, its use is unofficial and temporary, until Kosovo is assigned its own alpha-2 country code, with possible options including .ks, .kv, and .ko (although the latter might not end up chosen due to a possible use for a reunified Korea, if South Korea's current domain, .kr, is superseded).


  1. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.

See also


  1. ^ "Kosovo - The World Factbook". The World Factbook. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  2. ^ Lewis, E. (2015-03-09). "User Assigned ISO 3166-1 Alpha-2 Codes and the DNS Root Zone". Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  3. ^ Arends, R.; Lewis, E. (2020-06-08). "Top-level Domains for Private Internets". Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  4. ^ "Results of IANA Selection of IDNA Prefix". 2003-02-11. Retrieved 2021-04-26. The use of ISO 3166-1 the user-assigned elements removes the possibility that the code will duplicate a present or future ccTLD code