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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 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]

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Levels[edit]

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NUTS-2 as valid until 2014
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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 98 273 1324
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 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 15 37 133
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 3 15 46
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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NUTS - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics". Ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  2. ^ European Commission wiki Archived 19 February 2010 at the "Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Commission Regulation (EC) No 105/2007 of 1 February 2007". Eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Official Eurostat website: NUTS Overview.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ "Europa – Eurostat – Regions – Basic principles of the NUTS". Ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

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