Latest news 2019
1 Jul 2019 Regulations on migration and the European Statistical Programme in focus during the Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics
During Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, Statistics Finland is responsible for the Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics. Two important and challenging statistical regulation proposals will be dealt with during Finland’s term.
25 Jun 2019 Statistical Conference provides insight into challenges for national statistical organizations
National statistical organizations around the world increasingly must innovate with alternative data sources to provide their citizens with the types of information they require to make informed decisions. The CES Plenary is one opportunity where the international body of statisticians can share and learn. The Conference of European Statisticians (CES) will host the 67th Plenary Session in Paris between 26 and 28 June 2019.
Preliminary annual national accounts data have been released with the accelerated schedule for the first time on 20 June 2019. Previously, corresponding data would have been published in the second week of July.
Today on 19 June 2019, the Government appointed Marjo Bruun as Director General of Statistics Finland for a five-year term. The appointment will take effect on 1 July 2019. Ms Bruun has acted as Director General of Statistics Finland since 2012.
On 13 June 2019, Statistics Finland publishes January 2019 data of the wage and salary indices. The data can become revised as the wage and salary reports in the Incomes Register are supplemented with data for January. Read more
Statistics Finland’s new Finland in Figures 2019 publication summarises key statistical figures about Finland and Finns into a pocket-size information package. The renewed package of information about Finland includes data sections on the population, economy, society and the environment.
The variety of people working on zero-hour contracts is multifaceted. On the one hand, they include students and pensioners for a majority of whom this type of contract is fine. On the other hand, the group contains both full-time and part-time employees. Paid work is their main type of activity and a different type of contract would be preferable, writes Anna Pärnänen in her blog post.
29 May 2019 National accounts are renewed: Changes to the methodology of the quarterly national accounts and StatFin tables
The calculation methods and release content of national accounts are revised. The calculation method for value added is revised in the quarterly national accounts publication on 29 May 2019. The StatFin tables of the national accounts are also revised.
The name of the Consumer Survey is changing in May: the new name of the statistics is Consumer Confidence. Consumer Confidence differs from the Consumer Survey in terms of the inquiry, lighter data content and the Consumer Confidence Indicator. The first consumer confidence statistics are published on 27 May 2019.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its 195 parties have approved revised methodological guidelines for the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals. The new guidelines supplement the currently used guidelines, for example, in terms of default values and emission factors.
In February 2019, the website of UN indicators for sustainable development was published. During spring, Statistics Finland will establish a cooperation network consisting of the key data producers to support the maintenance and development of the indicators.
Statistics Finland discontinues the production of data on wage and salary indices for the time being due to deficiencies in the data. Deficiencies in the data are caused by that all the required data have not yet been reported to the Incomes Register. Read more
Statistics Finland will advance the publication of its statistical releases so that in future, releases are published on the website at 8 am. The present time of release is 9 am. The change will concern all statistical releases starting from 7 May.
Altogether 48 times at least EUR 200,000 has been paid for a Finnish painting sold at a Finnish art auction. For seven paintings, EUR half a million or more was paid. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s Cultural Statistics table service.
National Accounts are a huge statistical system to which data flow from several different sources. Watch the video to see how the whole picture of the economy is built.
11 Mar 2019 Statistics Finland examines the education and training of persons with foreign background
In spring 2019, Statistics Finland will carry out an inquiry related to the education and training of the foreign population. The inquiry is directed to persons with foreign background living in Finland whose qualifications attained abroad are not known.
Statistics Finland will not publish data on the wage and salary indices for January 2019 because of deficiencies in the data. Deficiencies in the data are caused by that all the required data have not yet been reported to the Incomes Register. Further information
7 Mar 2019 Industrial classification of video game enterprises is reviewed - enterprises transferred from programming to publishing
Statistics Finland has reviewed the industrial classification of close on 300 enterprises, whose business activity is related to video games. As a result of the inquiry, the industrial classification of close on 30 enterprises was changed. As a consequence, enterprises, turnover and staff years are moved between industries in the statistics.
Statistics Finland is speeding up the publishing of annual national accounts. From this year onwards, preliminary annual data are already updated in connection with quarterly data. The first accelerated preliminary annual statistics will be released on 20 June 2019.
18 Feb 2019 Marja Rantala from the National Land Survey of Finland appointed Statistics Finland’s Director of Development
Marja Rantala, Deputy Director General of the National Land Survey of Finland becomes Statistics Finland’s fixed-term Director of Development at the Standards and Methods Department for the period between 18 February and 31 December 2019. Appointing a fixed-term Director from a partner agency supports the implementation of Statistics Finland’s strategic objectives at the same time as it creates preconditions for ever stronger networking of central government information actors.
Statistics Finland has published a website open for all on the UN indicators for sustainable development, from which it is possible to follow the attainment of the sustainable development goals of the UN’s Agenda 2030 in Finland. The indicators can be viewed by means of database tables and figures.
6 Feb 2019 Erkki Virtanen, Johnny Åkerholm and Martti Hetemäki awarded the Eino H. Laurila national income medal
The medals are granted in recognition of their active work in promoting the analytical use of national accounts and its application in preparation of economic policy.
In which postal code areas in Finland are there most households with children under school-age? And pensioners? The data can be found from Statistics Finland’s free-of-charge Paavo service. The service’s data have been updated today, on Paavo's name day.
Statistics Finland's data are used more regularly than before: now as many as two-thirds of the respondents to the Customer Satisfaction Survey say they use the data regularly. This appears from the survey made by Taloustutkimus, to which good 300 data users responded.
Statistics compilation on oil products pertaining to the activity of the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association has ended in November 2018. Statistics Finland will continue the compilation of statistics on oil data made by the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, where applicable.