German web users are leading the race for .eu internet domain names.

EURid, a not-for-profit organization appointed by the European Commission to manage the allocation of the names, says more than 1.3 million have been registered across the continent and more than half are owned by German users.

The 'land rush' phase for the .eu domain began on April 7. It followed a four-month 'sunrise' period open only to holders of trademarks and other rights to use particular names [WAMN: 13-Mar-6].

In total, there were 702,684 applications on the first morning of the latest phase. The first five names to be registered were,,, and

At the peak of registrations, about 76 applications were processed every second.

Comments EURid managing director Marc Van Wesemael: "We are satisfied to see that the interest in .eu has been so large and that many already regard .eu as a useful complement to internet's national top level domain names."

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff