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Milestones of the history of statistics in Finland

Sweden - of wich Finland was a part - was the first country in the world to found a statistical office to produce official statistics. This happened in 1748, and the office was named Tabellverket, Tabulation office. Before that, households were already enumerated for taxation purposes.

1648 the first population registers, kept by the parish prists
1748 the Tabulation Office, Tabellverket, was founded
1749 the first vital statistics in the world were compiled by the Tabulation Office
1865 the provisional Statistical Office of Finland, Statistiska Byrån, was founded
1879 the first Statistical Yearbook of Finland was published
1886 the first course of statistics was held at the University of Helsinki
1917 Finland became independent
1920 the Finnish Statistical Society was founded
1920-22 J. W. Lindeberg published the Central Limit Theorem
1945 the first chair of statistics was created at the University of Helsinki
1948 national accounts were calculated for the first time
1955 Finland joined the UN
1961 Finland became an associate member of the EFTA (full member 1986)
1969 the Population Register was founded
1969 Finland joined the OECD
1975 the interview organisation of Statistics Finland was founded
1990 a completely register-based population census was carried out
1995 Finland joined the European Union
1995 the Internet service of Statisctics Finland was opened


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