Responsible authority
Central Statistical Bureau
European Union
NACE 2. red.
Purpose of introduction
  • establishment of common classification of economic activities in the EU helping to determine type of economic activity of institutional units engaged in manufacturing or other economic sectors;
  • improvement of comparability of national, EU and international statistics.
Classification object

Kinds of economic activity.

Area of application
  • compilation of statistics based on economic activities;
  • maintenance of national information systems.

Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)

Planned update or revision

NACE 2.1 rev. use is intended from 01.01.2025.

Additional information on NACE 2.1 rev. can be found here.

Coding system, code length, number of levels

Coding system – decimally hierarchical
Code length – four digits
Number of levels –

Description of levels
Level 1: 21 sections identified by alphabetical letters A to U;
Level 2: 88 divisions identified by two-digit numerical codes (01 to 99);
Level 3: 272 groups identified by three-digit numerical codes (01.1 to 99.0);
Level 4: 615 classes identified by four-digit numerical codes (01.11 to 99.00).

Ieva Kurme

Ieva.Kurme [at]