This database includes several tables highlighting the hierarchical nature of the Eurostat Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) and associated sub-NUTS units. Data are current as of 2016 for NUTS, LAU, and cities, and as of 2013 for metro areas. 

  • Under the NUTS pulldown menu:
    • NUTS (all code levels) lists all codes and names. Depending on its level in the hierarchy, the title appears again in one of the columns, which are arrayed from most specific to most general, and every entry to the right shows the hierarchy within which the code is embedded.
    • NUTS lists the codes for countries in the EU and accession zones, and their names.
    • NUTS 1 lists the codes for the largest administrative units in each country and their names.
    • NUTS 2 lists the codes for the mid-sized administrative units and the higher-level units they belong to.
    • NUTS 3 lists the codes for the smallest administrative units and the higher-level units they belong to. 
    • N.B. In some smaller countries, there is no distinction between one or more NUTS levels except the length of the codes. 
  • Under the Local Administrative Unit (LAU) pulldown:
    • The sole table for LAU 2 lists the names (and Latinized versions of names) for administrative units below the NUTS 3 level. 
    • N.B. the table makes reference to the LAU 1 units to which the LAU 2 units belong, but there is no separate table for LAU1 because it is undefined in many nations, and I could not find a reliable overall listing. 
  • Under the Metro/City pulldown:
    • Metropolitan area lists the codes and names for metro areas and the NUTS 3 regions they belong to.
    • Greater city lists the codes and names for "greater cities" identified in the Eurostat urban audit. There is no cross-reference to NUTS 3 regions because I could not find one. N.B. not every large city belongs to a "greater city."
    • City lists the codes and names for cities and the greater cities they belong to, if any. 


Here are the principal views for this database:

  • Each table in the left-hand column opens in summary view:
    • By default the table sorts by the first column but you can click on any column title to change the sort order.
    • The summary view shows only a few rows at a time, but use the pager tool to gain access to the rest.
    • This is also the view you will see after conducting a search.
    • The right arrow opens a new tab with a link to a detail view for the item in question.
  • Clicking the paper icon on the leftmost column of the summary table opens a detail view for the record clicked.
    • The "previous/next" links will take you through any summary table, whether the full dataset or the result of a search.
    • In some cases, the detail view may reveal a field not included in the summary view.
    • For tables listing specific NUTS regions and also metro areas, the detail view also includes a list of those codes at one level of greater specificity that belong to this code.
    • For the table CIP 2-digit, the detail view also includes a list of those U.S. colleges and universities with the largest student enrollment in this family of codes.
  • You can conduct a "quick search" by one or two fields from the summary view. However, you can also click the search button to open a full-featured search:
    • You can enter one or more fields. Don't overdetermine a search.
    • By default, the search is conducted as a Boolean AND of terms in any field but you can change this to Boolean OR in the dropdown.
    • Fields with "equals," "starts with," or "contains" require a text entry. You may use Boolean AND or OR within these fields.
    • Be sure to "clear" the search to get back to the full summary listing.

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