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Classification – Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)

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Short description

At the beginning of the 1970s, Eurostat developed the NUTS (Nomenclature des Unités Territoriales Statistiques – Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistical Purposes) classification, which aimed to designate comparable territorial units in terms of area and population size, based on which uniform regional statistics can be collected and compiled.

NUTS short description (pdf, 95 KB)


It covers the code number and the name of the items in the classification.

NUTS structure (xlsx, 95 KB)

NUTS structure with names (xlsx, 176 KB)

Explanatory notes

The explanatory notes determine the content of classification items. They help to classify items into the appropriate category of the classification.

NUTS explanatory notes (pdf, 106 KB)

Search engine

It supports quick search in the classification. As a result of searching by code number or text, it displays all the items in the classification that contain such code number or text.

No search engine has been made for this classification.

Methodological guides

The materials here contain the principles and rules of application of the classification.

Methodological guide (pdf, 68 KB)

Conversion key(s)

Correspondence tables(s) between the items of the current and the previous version of the classification.

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