The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the subdivisions of Switzerland for statistical purposes.[1] As a member of EFTA Switzerland is included in the NUTS standard, although the standard is developed and regulated by the European Union,[2] an organization that Switzerland does not belong to. The NUTS standard is instrumental in delivering the European Union's Structural Funds. The NUTS code for Switzerland is CH and a hierarchy of three levels is established by Eurostat. Below these is a further levels of geographic organisation - the local administrative unit (LAU). In Switzerland, the LAUs are districts (LAU-1) and municipalities (LAU-2).


The three NUTS levels are:

Level Subdivisions #
NUTS-1 Entire Country 1
NUTS-2 Regions 7
NUTS-3 Cantons 26

NUTS codes

The NUTS codes are as follows:

Diagram of the National (NUTS-1) and Regional (NUTS-2) borders of Switzerland

NUTS 1 Code NUTS 2 Code NUTS 3 Code
  Switzerland CH0 Lake Geneva region CH01  Vaud CH011
 Valais CH012
 Geneva CH013
Espace Mittelland CH02  Berne CH021
 Fribourg CH022
 Solothurn CH023
 Neuchâtel CH024
 Jura CH025
Northwestern Switzerland CH03  Basel-Stadt CH031
 Basel-Landschaft CH032
 Aargau CH033
Zurich CH04  Zürich CH040
Eastern Switzerland CH05  Glarus CH051
 Schaffhausen CH052
 Appenzell Ausserrhoden CH053
 Appenzell Innerrhoden CH054
 St. Gallen CH055
 Grisons CH056
 Thurgau CH057
Central Switzerland CH06  Lucerne CH061
 Uri CH062
 Schwyz CH063
 Obwalden CH064
 Nidwalden CH065
 Zug CH066
Ticino CH07  Ticino CH070

Local Administrative Units

Below the NUTS levels, there are two Local Administrative Units (LAU) levels

LAU-1: Districts

Main article: Districts of Switzerland

LAU-2: Municipalities

Main article: Municipalities of Switzerland

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Revision to the Irish NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions". Archived from the original on 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  2. ^ Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066 of 21 November 2016 amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS)

See also