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Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics. A hierarchical classification of administrative boundaries developed by Eurostat. The idea behind NUTS is to provide a common designation for different levels of administrative geographic boundaries across the EU regardless of local language and naming conventions.

The NUTS levels are defined in terms of minimum and maximum population sizes:

Level Population
NUTS 1 3,000,000 - 7,000,000
NUTS 2 800,000 - 3,000,000
NUTS 3 150,000 - 800,000

In England these are interpreted as:

Level Administrative Level
NUTS 1 Government Office Regions
NUTS 2 Counties or groups of counties
NUTS 3 Countries or groups of unitary authorities

Below NUTS, Eurostat defines two additional levels of Local Administrative Units (LAUs).

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