CLASSIFICATIONS
NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics), by regional level, version 2010


General description
Full title: Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics, version 2010
Abbreviation: NUTS 2010
Originating authority: Commission of the European Communities (Statistical Office/Eurostat)
Legal basis: Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003, on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS), OJ L 154, 21.6.2003

Regulation (EC) No 1888/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005, amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) by reason of the accession of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to the European Union, OJ L 309, 25.11.2005

Commission Regulation (EC) No 105/2007 of 1 February 2007, amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS), OJ L 39, 10.2.2007, p. 1-37

Commission Regulation (EC) No 11/2008 of 8 January 2008, implementing Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) on the transmission of the time series for the new regional breakdown, OJ L 5, 9.1.2008, p. 13-14

Regulation (EC) No 176/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union, OJ L 61, 5.3.2008, p. 1-5

Regulation (EC) No 1137/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC, with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny, Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny - Part One, OJ L 311, 21.11.2008, p. 26-27

Commission Regulation (EU) No 31/2011 of 17 January 2011 amending annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS), OJ L 13, 18.1.2011, p. 3-54

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1046/2012 of 8 November 2012 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) on the transmission of the time series for the new regional breakdown, OJ L 310, 9.11.2012, p. 34-35

There are written agreements with certain potential candidates and candidate countries as well as EFTA countries on the use of Statistical Regions comparable to regions defined in the Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003, on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS).
Current status: Operational
Succint description: The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) was established by Eurostat, to provide a single uniform breakdown of territorial units for the production of regional statistics for the European Union.

The NUTS nomenclature was created and developed according to the following three principles:

Principle 1: NUTS is a hierarchical classification of regions The NUTS regulation lays down the following minimum and maximum population thresholds for the average size of the NUTS regions:

LEVEL Minimum Maximum
NUTS 1 3 Million 7 Million
NUTS 2 800 000 3 Million
NUTS 3 150 000 800 000

Principle 2: NUTS favours administrative divisions
For practical reasons the NUTS classification is based on the administrative divisions applied in the Member States (normative criterion).

Principle 3: NUTS favours general geographical units
General geographical units are in general, more suitable for any given indicator (such as "number of hospital beds") than geographical units specific to certain fields of activity (e.g. "extent of forest cover").
Linked classification(s): LAU (Local Administrative Units) for municipalities or equivalent units on local level below NUTS level 3.
NUTS codes are linked to GISCO boundaries
Usage: Geographic
Main statistical applications: The NUTS nomenclature serves as a reference for the collection, development and harmonization of EU regional statistics and for socio-economic analyses of the regions.
Media through which available: Hardcopy (PDF): REGIONS, Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg;
Electronic copy: from Eurostat Data Shops;
RAMON: Eurostat's metadata server.
Address of responsible agency: Statistical Office of the European Communities

For methodological and technical questions:
Mr Oliver Heiden (Unit E4)
Tel.: + 352 4301 31961
E-mail: Oliver.Heiden@ec.europa.eu
Remark: The region names within each country are in that country's official language.