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Settlements of Europe (Pan-European) from UNEP/GRID-GenevaEntry ID: GNV00162
Abstract: The pan-European Settlements data set shows the location of well over
3000 cities on the European continent and includes information on
certain characteristics of those cities. The data were collected by
the Eurostat office of the EC on the basis of national censuses and
various other sources. Generally speaking, all settlements having
more than 20.000 inhabitants ... have been included. In some countries,
smaller towns also are incorporated. For almost 300 settlements no
population figures could be given. Caution should be exercised when
using the population figures, because the definition of 'settlement'
can differ from country to country. If available, data on the
morphological agglomeration or built-up area have been incorporated.
In many cases, however, data are only available for administrative
areas, which can be either larger or smaller but almost never coincide
with the built-up area of a city. Comparison between countries is
also difficult because small discrepancies may result from differences
in the census year and in the definition of the surveyed 'resident
The Arc/Info point coverage provided to GRID by Eurostat is in the
Lambert Azimuthal projection, which is the EC standard projection.
GRID has re-projected the coverage to fit the Latitude/Longitude co-
ordinate system. Furthermore, GRID has checked and edited the
coverage, while data supplied by Eurostat for population size, names
and surface areas have been added to assure greater consistency within
The resulting pan-European Settlements data set contains 3310 cities
as points and includes attribute data for the name, area and
population size for most of them. In Arc/Info uncompressed 'EXPORT'
format, the coverage comprises 847 Kb of data. The coverage is called
STEUGLL and can be read from tape to disk using Arc/Info's TAPEREAD
command, and subsequently be imported into Arc/Info using the command:
IMPORT COVER STEUGLL STEUGLL.
The data set extends geographically from -25 40' 1" West to 158 39' 0"
East longitude and from 27 55' 1" to 69 40' 59" North latitude. The
coverage is also available in the original Lambert Azimuthal
The source for the pan-European Settlements data set is: Commission of
the European Communities, Eurostat - GISCO, Luxembourg. Reference to
the data set is: The CORINE Database Manual; Directorate General for
the Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection, Commission of
the European Communities, Version 2.2, Brussels, November 1989.
The Arc/Info attributes are explained below:
Item: Description: Values:
STSICDEU Settlement Site Code Europe
STSINM Settlement Site Name
STSIAR Settlement Site Area in km2
STPUNR Settlement Population Number No. of inhabitants
ARRGCD Administrative Region Code see list
NURGCD NUTS Region Code see list
X-COORD X-coordinate of location Long. dec. degrees
Y-COORD Y-coordinate of location Lat. dec. degrees
ARRGCD0 Admin. Region Code Level 0 ISO country code
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-08-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-08-18