From Statistics Explained
- a region with a sea border;
- 372 regions correspond to this criterion
- a region with more than half of its population within 50 km from the sea;
- 73 further regions correspond to this criterion
- German region, not meeting either of the two previous criteria, but still included because of its strong maritime influence
Based on this definition, 446 EU coastal regions were identified in the 22 EU Member States with a coastline.