For the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the dataset comprises the regions of the systematics of the territorial units NUTS for the purpose of European statistics.
The NUTS regions have a hierarchical structure and three levels and - with only a few exceptions - mirror the administrative units for Germany.
Level NUTS 1 in Germany: Länder (Federal states)
Level NUTS 2 in Germany: largely Regierungsbezirke (administrative districts)
Level NUTS 3 in Germany: kreisfreie Städte und Landkreise (independent towns and districts)
Besides the current Regierungsbezirke, also the former Regierungsbezirke of the Länder Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony are given on the NUTS-2 level for Germany. In national language, this NUTS-2 classification is also called „Statistical Regions“.
The geometry is derived from the respective dataset Administrative Areas 1 : 250,000 (VG250). So, what concerns accuracy and resolution, the geometry is oriented towards the DLM250 analogous to the VG250.
The data are structured according to levels (NUTS1, NUTS2 and NUTS3), whereby the areas contained are directly carrying the attributive information.
Especially, each user has to place the source reference to all geodata, metadata and geodata services recognisably and optically linked. Alterations, processings, new designs or other adaptations have to be affixed with an indication of the alteration in the source reference.
Source reference and indication of alteration have to be formulated as follows. The source reference has to be linked with the URL "http://www.bkg.bund.de" for the representation at a website.