Definition: Analytical (or functional) regions

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Analytical (or functional) regions are defined according to analytical requirements; they group together zones using geographical criteria (e.g., altitude or type of soil) or using socio-economic criteria (e.g., homogeneity, complementarity or polarity of regional economies).
 Examples: Urban zones; Employment basins.
Source:
Regions - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - NUTS, 1999 Edition
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