Definition: Territorial unit

Geographic Information Systems

Territorial units are the building blocks which comprise the territory of a country. They have surface area, which can be measured in an areal quantity. Territorial units can be administrative regions on different levels. The NUTS classification is an example of how territorial units have been delimited for statistical purposes
Regions - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - NUTS, 1999 Edition Eurostat, "Empfehlungen zur Festlegung eines einheitlichen Verfahrens für die Berechnung der Fläche von Gebietseinheiten - Ausgabe 1999; Recommendations for a harmonised definition of calculation of surface area of territorial units, 1999 edition; Recommandations pour une définition harmonisée du calcul de la superficie des unités territoriales - Édition 1999", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999, p.13

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