Responsible authority
Central Statistical Bureau
European Union
NUTS 2024
Purpose of introduction

Breakdown of country territory in territorial units meeting European Union criteria (population) aiming to ensure comparable regional statistics among European countries.

Classification object

Statistical units (regions of various levels) in European Union Member States.

Area of application
  • the collection, development and harmonisation of regional statistics;
  • statistics for macroeconomics;
  • EU structural funds.

Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)

Planned update or revision

The classification in line with the Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 Section 5, Clause 4 is updated and revised not more often than in every three years.
Classification edition NUTS 2024 is valid from 1 January 2024. 

Coding system, code length, number of levels

Coding system – hierarchical
Code length – five characters
Number of levels – 3

Number of units in the European Union territories as of 1 January 2024:
NUTS 1: major socio-economic regions – 92 
NUTS 2: basic regions for the application of regional policies – 244
NUTS 3: small regions for specific diagnoses – 1165

Description of hierarchy
Each Member State is broken down into territorial units of NUTS Level 1, each of which us broken down into territorial units of NUTS Level 2, which, in turn, are broken down into territorial units of NUTS Level 3.

More information
More information is available on the Eurostat website section NUTS. 

Kristens Bērziņš

Kristens.Berzins [at]