Background - NUTS - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics


The NUTS 2021 classification, that will be valid for data transmissions to Eurostat from 1 January 2021, lists 104 regions at NUTS 1, 283 regions at NUTS 2 and 1345 regions at NUTS 3 level.

The current NUTS 2016 classification is valid from 1 January 2018 and lists 104 regions at NUTS 1, 281 regions at NUTS 2 and 1348 regions at NUTS 3 level.

The NUTS classification (Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics) is a hierarchical system for dividing up the economic territory of the EU and the UK for the purpose of:

  •  The collection, development and harmonisation of European regional statistics
  •  Socio-economic analyses of the regions
    •  NUTS 1: major socio-economic regions
    •  NUTS 2: basic regions for the application of regional policies
    •  NUTS 3: small regions for specific diagnoses 
  •  Framing of EU regional policies




This video dives into the world of geographical categorisations and classifications. Meet Oliver Müller, who will explain the principles behind NUTS, the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics, which is the basic classification for regional data in the EU. He will also introduce the concept of territorial typologies used for classifying territories at either regional or local level.