Spain

Administrative Division

Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula and borders to Portugal to the west and to France and Andorra in the northeast along the Pyrenees. The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are located in the Mediterranean Sea and off the north-western coast of Africa, respectively. In addition, Spain comprises five places of sovereignty (plazas de soberanía) on and off the coast of Morocco: Ceuta, Melilla, Islas Chafarinas, Peñón de Alhucemas, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera.

Spain is divided into seventeen autonomous communities (comunidades autónomas), in addition to two African autonomous cities (ciudades autónomas) (Ceuta and Melilla). The communities have their own parliaments and regional governments with wide legislative and executive powers. The powers of the communities differ as laid out in the "autonomy statute" (estatuto de autonomía), and there is a clear difference between the historical regions (Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, and Andalusia) and the others with respect to their functions.

The communities are subsequently divided into 50 provinces (provincias). The provinces are of less administrative importance today, but they are still used as electoral constituencies.

NUTS structure

Spain has 52 NUTS 3 units, 19 NUTS 2 units and 7 NUTS 1 units. The NUTS 3 level equals the provinces and NUTS 2 the autonomous communities, plus the two exclaves Ceuta and Melilla as separate units at both levels.

Code Country NUTS 1 NUTS 2 NUTS 3
ES España      
ES1   Noroeste    
ES11     Galicia  
ES111       A Coruña
ES112       Lugo
ES113       Ourense
ES114       Pontevedra
ES12     Principado de Asturias  
ES120       Asturias
ES13     Cantabria    
ES130       Cantabria
ES2   Noreste    
ES21     País Vasco  
ES211       Álava
ES212       Guipúzcoa
ES213       Vizcaya
ES22     Comunidad Foral de Navarra  
ES220       Navarra
ES23     La Rioja  
ES230       La Rioja
ES24     Aragón  
ES241       Huesca
ES242       Teruel
ES243       Zaragoza
ES3   Comunidad de Madrid    
ES30     Comunidad de Madrid  
ES300       Madrid
ES4   Centro (E)    
ES41     Castilla y León  
ES411       Ávila
ES412       Burgos
ES413       León
ES414       Palencia
ES415       Salamanca
ES416       Segovia
ES417       Soria
ES418       Valladolid
ES419       Zamora
ES42     Castilla-La Mancha  
ES421       Albacete
ES422       Ciudad Real
ES423       Cuenca
ES424       Guadalajara
ES425       Toledo
ES43     Extremadura    
ES431       Badajoz
ES432       Cáceres
ES5   Este    
ES51     Cataluña  
ES5111       Barcelona
ES512       Girona
ES513       Lleida
ES514       Tarragona
ES52     Comunidad Valenciana  
ES521       Alicante / Alacant
ES522       Castellón / Castelló
ES523       Valencia / València
ES53     Illes Balears  
ES530       Illes Balears
ES6   Sur    
ES61     Andalucía  
ES611       Almería
ES612       Cádiz
ES613       Córdoba
ES614       Granada
ES615       Huelva
ES616       Jaén
ES617       Málaga
ES618       Sevilla
ES62     Región de Murcia  
ES620       Murcia
ES63     Ciudad Autónoma de Ceuta  
ES630       Ceuta
ES64     Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla  
ES640       Melilla
ES7   Canarias    
ES70     Canarias    
ES701       Las Palmas
ES702       Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Source

Eurostat: Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - NUTS Statistical Regions of Europe