Linked Open Data

Linked Open Data

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

  • the collection, development and harmonisation of European regional statistics;
  • socio-economic analyses of the regions;
  • framing of EU regional policies (e.g. cohesion policy).

The system is based on population thresholds and favours administrative division. The legal acts behind started with Commission Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 which specify stability of the classification for at least three years.

Linked Data is a method of publishing structured data so that it can be interlinked and become more useful through semantic queries. It builds upon standard Web technologies such as HTTP, RDF and URIs, but rather than using them to serve web pages for human readers, it extends them to share information in a way that can be read automatically by computers. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Base-URI for the NUTS classification is:

The different NUTS Versions can be referenced from:

Year Scheme


The Sparql endpoint at the EU Open data portal can be used to perform queries on the NUTS dataset with the following Syntax:

select ?s ?p ?o  where {graph <> {?s ?p ?o}}      LIMIT 10

For example, by clicking on the image the first 10 records of the NUTS in HTML will be delivered back. Different formats such as HTML, RDF, JSONNTriples can be specified to support machine to machine communication.

Further information will follow when available.