- 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).
For more information see:
- www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/nuts.asp - Guide to NUTS for UK geography from National Statistics.
- http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/nuts_nomenclature/introduction - Introduction to NUTS and statistical regions in Europe.