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Relationship of NUTS areas to UK administrative Geographies

Within the UK, Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) areas / Local Administrative Units (LAUs) are determined as shown in the tables below.

NUTS areas are stable and will only be amended periodically.

LAUs are amended annually to reflect administrative boundary change.

NUTS Level 1 2 3
England Government Office Regions (GORs)* Counties/Groups of counties Counties/Groups of unitary authorities
Scotland Scotland Combinations of council areas, LECs and parts thereof Combinations of council areas, LECs and parts thereof
Wales Wales Groups of unitary authorities Groups of unitary authorities
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Groups of district council areas
Total in UK 12 37 139

 * Government Office Regions (GORs) closed at the end of March 2011. From 1 April 2011 the areas previously covered by GORs should be referred to as 'Regions' for statistical purposes.

LAU Levels 1 2
England Districts/unitary authorities Electoral wards/divisions
Scotland Combinations of council areas, LECs and parts thereof Electoral wards or, rarely, parts thereof
Wales Unitary authorities Electoral divisions
Northern Ireland District council areas Electoral wards
Total in UK 415 c.10,000
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