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The Classification of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS; French: Nomenclature des unités territoriales statistiques) is a geocode standard for referencing the subdivisions of countries for statistical purposes.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The standard is developed and regulated by the European Union, and thus only covers the member states of the EU in detail. The Classification of Territorial Units for Statistics is instrumental in the European Union's Structural Fund
Structural Fund
delivery mechanisms and for locating the area where goods and services subject to European public procurement legislation are to be delivered. For each EU member country, a hierarchy of three NUTS levels is established by Eurostat
in agreement with each member state; the subdivisions in some levels do not necessarily correspond to administrative divisions within the country. A NUTS code begins with a two-letter code referencing the country, which is identical to the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code (except UK instead of GB for the United Kingdom and EL instead of GR for Greece). The subdivision of the country is then referred to with one number. A second or third subdivision level is referred to with another number each. Each numbering starts with 1, as 0 is used for the upper level. Where the subdivision has more than nine entities, capital letters are used to continue the numbering. A similar statistical system is defined for the candidate countries and members of the European Free Trade Association, but they are not technically part of NUTS governed by the regulations. The current NUTS classification, valid from 1 January 2015, lists 98 regions at NUTS 1, 276 regions at NUTS 2 and 1342 regions at NUTS 3 level.[7] Commission Regulation 2016/2066, dated 21 November 2016, provides for a further amendment following territorial reorganisations in several member states, which will become effective for submission of statistical data to the European Commission from 1 January 2018.[8]


1 Levels 2 Establishment 3 Examples 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Levels[edit] See also: First-level NUTS of the European Union

NUTS-1 as valid until 2014

NUTS-2 as valid until 2014

NUTS-3 as valid until 2014

There are three levels of NUTS defined, with two levels of local administrative units (LAUs) below. These were called NUTS levels 4 and 5 until July 2003, but were officially abolished by regulation, although they are sometimes still described as such. Note that not all countries have every level of division, depending on their size. One of the most extreme cases is Luxembourg, which has only LAUs; the three NUTS divisions each correspond to the entire country itself.

Countries NUTS 1 NUTS 2 NUTS 3

EU members 28




Austria AT Groups of states 3 States 9 Groups of districts 35

Belgium BE Regions 3 Provinces (+ Brussels) 11 Arrondissements (Verviers split into two) 44

Bulgaria BG Regions 2 Planning regions 6 Oblasts 28

Cyprus CY — 1 — 1 — 1

Czech Republic CZ — 1 Territorial regions (+ Prague) 8 Administrative regions 14

Germany DE States (Bundesland) 16 Government regions (Regierungbezirk) (or equivalent) 39 Districts (Kreis) 429

Denmark DK — 1 Regions (Regioner) 5 Provinces (Landsdele) 11

Estonia EE — 1 — 1 Groups of counties 5

Spain ES Groups of autonomous communities 7 17 Autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities 19 Provinces + Islands + Ceuta
and Melilla 59

Finland FI Mainland Finland, Åland 2 Large areas 5 Regions 20

France FR Z.E.A.T. + DOM 9 Regions + DOM 27 Departments + DOM 101

Greece EL (GR) Groups of development regions 4 Regions 13 Prefectures 51

Hungary HU Statistical large regions (statisztikai nagyrégiók) 3 Planning and statistical regions (tervezési-statisztikai régió) 7 Counties (megye) + Budapest 20

Croatia HR — 1 Regions 2 Counties 21

Ireland IE — 1 Regional Assemblies 2 Regional Authorities 8

Italy IT Groups of regions 5 Regions ( Trentino-Alto Adige
Trentino-Alto Adige
split into two) 21 Provinces 110

Lithuania LT — 1 — 1 Counties 10

Luxembourg LU — 1 — 1 — 1

Latvia LV — 1 — 1 Statistical regions 6

Malta MT — 1 — 1 Islands 2

Netherlands NL Groups of provinces 4 Provinces 12 COROP
regions 40

Poland PL Regions 6 Voivodeships 16 Subregions 66

Portugal PT Continent + Azores
+ Madeira 3 Coordination and development regions + autonomous regions 7 Groups of municipalities 30

Romania RO Macroregions 4 Regions 8 Counties + Bucharest 42

Sweden SE Regions 3 National areas 8 Counties 21

Slovenia SI — 1 Macroregions 2 Statistical regions 12

Slovakia SK — 1 Oblasts 4 Regions 8

United Kingdom UK Regions of England 9 Sub-Regions ≍ i: ∪ of counties; or ii: individual counties; or iii: ∪ of districts in Greater London. [∪=union]

30 Upper tier authorities and groups of unitary authorities and districts 93

Wales 1 Groups of Principal Areas 2 Groups of Principal Areas 12

Scotland 1 Groups of Council and/or Island Areas 4 Groups of Council Areas or Islands Areas 23

Northern Ireland 1 — 1 Groups of districts 5

Candidate countries 6




Albania AL — 1 Regions (non-administrative) 3 Counties 12

Macedonia MK — 1 — 1 Statistical regions 8

Montenegro ME — 1 — 1 — 1

Serbia RS Groups of regions 2 Regions 5 Districts 29

Turkey TR Regions 12 Sub-regions 26 Provinces 81

EFTA countries 3




Switzerland CH — 1 Regions 7 Cantons 26

Iceland IS — 1 — 1 Capital Region / Rest of country 2

Liechtenstein LI — 1 — 1 — 1

Norway NO — 1 Regions 7 Counties 19

Establishment[edit] NUTS regions are generally based on existing national administrative subdivisions. In countries where only one or two regional subdivisions exist, or where the size of existing subdivisions is too small or too large, a second and/or third level is created. This may be on the first level (ex. France, Italy, Greece, and Spain), on the second (ex. Germany) and/or third level (ex. Belgium).[9] In smaller countries, where the entire country would be placed on the NUTS 2 or even NUTS 3 level (ex. Luxembourg, Cyprus), the regions at levels 1, 2 and 3 are identical to each other (and also to the entire country), but are coded with the appropriate length codes levels 1, 2 and 3. The NUTS system favors existing administrative units, with one or more assigned to each NUTS level. From the NUTS Regulation, the average population size of the regions in the respective level shall lie within the following thresholds:

Level Minimum Maximum

NUTS 1 3 million 7 million

NUTS 2 800,000 3 million

NUTS 3 150,000 800,000

For non-administrative units, deviations exist for particular geographical, socio-economic, historical, cultural or environmental circumstances, especially for islands and outermost regions. Examples[edit]

DE: Germany

DE7: Hessen
– The Bundesland as the top level subdivision of Germany

DE71: Darmstadt region – Regierungsbezirk
as second level

DE71E: Wetteraukreis
– Kreis as the third level

See also[edit]

ISO 3166 ISO 3166-1 ISO 3166-2 List of FIPS region codes List of metropolitan areas in Europe by population

List of metropolitan areas (LUZ) in the European Union List of the largest urban areas of the European Union

List of European regions by GDP Local administrative unit Regions of the European Union


^ "NUTS - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics". Ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-12-18.  ^ European Commission wiki Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Regulation (EC) No 176/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008". Eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24.  ^ "Regulation (EC) No 1888/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005". Eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24.  ^ "Commission Regulation (EC) No 105/2007 of 1 February 2007". Eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24.  ^ "Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003". Eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24.  ^ Official Eurostat
website: NUTS Overview. ^ Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066 amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) ^ "Europa – Eurostat
– Regions – Basic principles of the NUTS". Ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to NUTS.

portal – NUTS – Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics – Overview

History of NUTS – Changes between versions NUTS maps (.pdf) Statistical regions outside the EU Correspondence between the NUTS levels and the national structures (EU) Correspondence between the NUTS levels and the national structures (non-EU)

List of current NUTS codes at SIMAP (EU procurement portal) NUTS regions for web maps in JSON format NUTS classification as Linked Data Administrative Divisions of Countries ("Statoids")

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Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics

EU members

AT Austria BE Belgium BG Bulgaria CY Cyprus CZ Czech Republic DE Germany DK Denmark EE Estonia EL Greece ES Spain FI Finland FR France HR Croatia HU Hungary IE Ireland IT Italy LT Lithuania LU Luxembourg LV Latvia MT Malta NL Netherlands PL Poland PT Portugal RO Romania SE Sweden SI Slovenia SK Slovakia UK United Kingdom

Candidate countries

AL Albania ME Montenegro MK Macedonia RS Serbia TR Turkey

EFTA countries

CH Switzerland IS Iceland LI Liechtenstein NO Norway

NUTS-1 of the EU

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Geocoding systems

Administrative codes

HASC NUTS (EU) ONS MARC country codes SGC codes (Canada) UN M.49 (UN)

Airport codes

IATA airport code ICAO airport code


IANA country code ISO 3166-1

alpha-2 alpha-3 numeric

IOC country code FIFA country code

Geodesic place codes


Geohash Geohash-36 GEOREF Geotude SALB Marsden square Military Grid Reference System Munich Orientation Convention Natural Area Code Open Location Code QDGC UN/LOCODE UTM what3words WMO squares

North America

FIPS country code (FIPS 10-4) FIPS place code (FIPS 55) FIPS county code (FIPS 6-4) FIPS state code (FIPS 5-2) SGC codes

Postal codes

Natural Area Code Postal Index Number
Postal Index Number
(India) ZIP Code
ZIP Code
(United States)


ITU-R country codes ITU-T country calling codes ITU-T mobile calling codes

Radio broadcasting

Maidenhead Locator System Historical : QRA locator


IOC country codes