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Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics

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The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. The standard was developed by the European Union, and thus only covers the member states of the EU in detail; Eurostat also devised a hierarchy for the 10 countries which joined the EU in 2004, but these are subject to minor changes. The NUTS divisions do not necessarily correspond to administrative divisions within the country. The acronym is derived from the French name for the scheme, nomenclature des unités territoriales statistiques.

A NUTS code begins with a two letter code referencing the country, which are identical with the ISO 3166-1 codes (except UK instead of GB for the United Kingdom). The subdivision of countries is then referred with one number, covering the same entities as the ISO 3166-2 standard. A second or third subdivision level is referred with another number each. Each numbering starts with 1 as 0 is used for the upper level. In case it has more than 9 entities capital letters are used to continue the numbering.

Additionally to the full three levels for the European Union countries all countries have a NUTS code with a two letter code for a continent and two numbers for the country, and for the USA, Canada and Australia the states are numbered separately.

There are some anomalies: for example, Gibraltar is listed as being outside the EU with the code EO21; while French Guiana is listed twice, once in France as FR930 and once in South America as AS13.

NUTS is thus in some extent similar to the ISO 3166 standard, as well as the FIPS standard of the United States.

Levels

There are three levels of NUTS defined, with two levels of local administrative units (LAUs) below that, historically called NUTS levels 4 and 5 and sometimes still described as such. Note that not all countries have every level of division. Luxembourg, for example, has only LAUs; the three NUTS divisions each correspond to the entire country itself.

Countries NUTS 1 NUTS 2 NUTS 3
Austria AT Groups of states 3 States 9 Groups of Bezirks 35
Belgium BE Regions 3 Provinces 11 Arrondissements 43
Denmark DK - 1 - 1 Counties 15
Finland FI Mainland Finland 1 Large areas 4 Regions 19
Ĺland 1 - 1 - 1
France FR ZEAT 8 Regions 22 Départements 96
Overseas departments 1 Overseas departments 4 Département d'outre-mer 4
Germany DE States 16 Regierungsbezirke 41 Districts 439
Greece GR Groups of development regions 4 Peripheries 13 Prefectures 51
Ireland IE - 1 Regions 2 Regional Authority Regions 8
Italy IT Groups of regions 5 Regions 21 Provinces 103
Luxembourg LU - 1 - 1 - 1
Netherlands NL Landsdelen 4 Provinces 12 COROP regio's 40
Portugal PT Continental Portugal 1 Comissões de coordenação regional 5 Groups of Concelhos 30
Azores and Madeira 2 - 2 - 2
Spain ES Groups of autonomous communities 7 Autonomous communities 17 Provinces 50
Ceuta and Melilla 2 - 2
Sweden SE - 1 National areas 8 Counties 21
United Kingdom UK Regions of England 9 Groups of Counties; Inner and Outer London 30 Unitary authorities or groups of districts 93
Wales 1 Groups of unitary authorities 2 Groups of unitary authorities 12
Scotland 1 Groups of unitary authorities or LECs 4 Groups of unitary authorities or LECs 23
Northern Ireland 1 Country 1 Groups of districts 5
EU-15 - 72 - 213 - 1091
Cyprus CY - 1 - 1 - 1
Czech Republic CZ - 1 Groups of Kraje 8 Kraje 14
Estonia EE - 1 - 1 Groups of Maarkond 5
Hungary HU - 3 Statistical Regions 7 Megyek & Budapest 20
Latvia LV - 1 - 1 Regions 6
Lithuania LT - 1 - 1 Apskritis 10
Malta MT - 1 - 1 Islands 2
Poland PL - 6 Voivodships of Poland 16 Podregiony 45
Slovakia SK - 1 Zoskupenia Krajov 4 Kraje 8
Slovenia SI - 1 - 1 Statistical Regions 12
EU-25 - 89 - 254 - 1214

Examples

External links

cs:NUTS de:NUTS nl:NUTS no:NUTS pl:NUTS sv:NUTS

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