Statistical regions for EU candidate and EFTA countries

The NUTS classification is defined only for the Member States of the EU.

Eurostat, in agreement with the countries concerned, also defines a coding of statistical regions for countries that do not belong to the EU but are either:

  • candidate countries awaiting accession to the EU or
  • potential candidates or
  • countries belonging to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Statistical regions are defined according to principles similar to those used in the establishment of the NUTS classification (see "Principles and Characteristics").

The list of statistical regions is included in the NUTS 2021 file on our History of NUTS page.

PDF maps of the statistical regions can be found on our NUTS Maps page.