Regions and cities - Overview


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What do statistics on regions and cities tell me?

National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level within the European Union (EU). In this respect, statistical information at a subnational level is an important tool for highlighting specific regional and territorial aspects. It helps in analysing changing patterns and the impact that policy decisions can have on our daily life.

What kind of information is available?

In order to provide a detailed picture of the diverse EU territories and to monitor EU regional policy targets, Eurostat has developed a range of statistics based on different classifications and typologies. These include data for:

  • regions,
  • cities and greater cities,
  • metropolitan regions,
  • rural areas and regions.

Specific geographies such as coastal regions, mountain regions, border regions or island regions are also covered.

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Regional yearbook

Dive into the regional yearbook

Enjoy the latest edition of our regional yearbook and get a taste of the wide range of EU statistics available at regional and local levels.

Regions & cities illustrated

Explore regions & cities

Visualise the most recent statistical situation at different geographical levels by using maps, graphs and an animated timeline for various indicators.

Statistical Atlas

View interactive maps

Try our statistical atlas based on tailor-made maps for statistical and geospatial analysis. It also gives you the opportunity to focus on single administrative units.


Enjoy more visualisations and apps

Have fun with our mobile app 'My region' or with the tool 'My capital in a bubble' to compare your region or capital city with others in the EU.

Urban Europe

Discover ‘Urban Europe’

Read our publication which offers an analytical and descriptive view on urban and rural areas providing detailed information for a number of territorial typologies.

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What is the NUTS classification?

Learn about the nomenclature of territorial units, subdividing the EU territory into regions at 3 different levels.

Geographical information & maps

Geographical information & maps

Let the 'Geographic Information System of the Commission' (GISCO) help you to visualise and analyse geospatial information.

Land cover & land use statistics

Land cover & land use statistics

Have a look at our website section on land use and land cover statistics (LUCAS).

Labour market areas

Labour market areas

Enter the world of experimental statistics and get to know more about the topic of labour market areas.