The Eurostat website only seems to have a shapefile of the region with country boundaries that also includes the NUTS divisions. Natural Earth shapefiles only seem to be available for the entire world, not for regions like Europe.
You can download the "official" EU administrative/statistical units from Eurostat's GISCO service. The vector layers are available as ESRI Shapefiles and Personal GDBs, at different resolutions from here.
Note, in order to extract the country level polygons as below, you will need to extract all features based on the following query
STAT_LEVL_ = 1 from the Shapefile
Natural Earth is a great source for free data, including country and state borders, at a variety of scales. You would just need to select European countries using the attribute table.
You can download world countries from ArcGIS Online and then open the attribute table, select by attribute (
CONTINENT = 'Europe') and then right click to export Europe as a new layer. Presumably you can do the same with other global data sets you've found.
A GRASS-GIS way:
get the NUTS 2013 ESRI Shapefile
and, if not existing, create a Location based on EPSG 3035
grass72 -c NUTS_RG_01M_2013.shp /geo/grassdb/europe/etrs_1989_laea
Else skip the next command and enter in a Location based on the wanted spatial reference system.
Then, navigate to
and import the vector map
v.in.ogr NUTS_RG_01M_2013.shp out=NUTS_RG_01M_2013
extract all STAT_LEVL_=0 to a new map
v.extract NUTS_RG_01M_2013 out=NUTS_RG_01M_2013_STAT_LEVL_0 where="STAT_LEVL_='0'"
and finally, dissolve to get country boundaries
v.dissolve NUTS_RG_01M_2013_STAT_LEVL_0 out=NUTS_RG_01M_2013_Countries column=NUTS_ID
This map contains the NUTS_ID
v.db.select NUTS_RG_01M_2013_Countries cat|NUTS_ID 1|AT 2|BE 3|BG 4|CH 5|CY 6|CZ 7|DE 8|DK 9|EE 10|EL 11|ES 12|FI 13|FR 14|HR 15|HU 16|IE 17|IS 18|IT 19|LI 20|LT 21|LU 22|LV 23|ME 24|MK 25|MT 26|NL 27|NO 28|PL 29|PT 30|RO 31|SE 32|SI 33|SK 34|TR 35|UK
So, the following CSV might be useful for the ones who need to join-in the ISO3166-1-alpha3 country codes
NUTS_ID,iso31661a2,iso31661a3 AT,AT,AUT BE,BE,BEL BG,BG,BGR CH,CH,CHE CY,CY,CYP CZ,CZ,CZE DE,DE,DEU DK,DK,DNK EE,EE,EST EL,GR,GRC ES,ES,ESP FI,FI,FIN FR,FR,FRA HR,HR,HRV HU,HU,HUN IE,IE,IRL IS,IS,ISL IT,IT,ITA LI,LI,LIE LT,LT,LTU LU,LU,LUX LV,LV,LVA ME,ME,MNE MK,MK,MKD MT,MT,MLT NL,NL,NLD NO,NO,NOR PL,PL,POL PT,PT,PRT RO,RO,ROU SE,SE,SWE SI,SI,SVN SK,SK,SVK TR,TR,TUR UK,GB,GBR
This (http://www.diva-gis.org/gdata) site is great for getting administrative data from all over the world including Europe. You can get data at different administrative levels as well (e.g., Country, State, County).
Probably a bit late but there's this resource which is free and supports arcGIS - shows all the countries in the world - http://www.orrbodies.com/resource/world-250k-coastlinepolitical-map/