Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)

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Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (as last amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1130, Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066) establishes a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) for the collection, compilation and dissemination of harmonized regional statistics in the EU.

In the NUTS classification, each EU country is subdivided into territorial units of NUTS levels 1–3 taking into account population in the relevant territorial unit:


Smallest number of residents in the territorial unit

Largest number of residents in the territorial unit


3 million

7 million


800 thousand

3 million


150 thousand

800 thousand

More information about the NUTS classification is available on the Eurostat website.

The NUTS classification has been applied in Lithuania since 1 January 2018.

Document updated: 2020-01-06