The compilation of statistics is regulated by the Statistics Act. Data collected in other contexts must be primarily exploited for statistics. The vast majority of data are drawn from diverse registers. Only such data that cannot be obtained from elsewhere are collected from data suppliers. State authorities have a statutory obligation to supply data from the information in their possession. Enterprises, municipal organisations and non-profit institutions are obliged to supply data on matters separately prescribed in law.
The basic data for statistics are confidential and can only be released in a form from which individual units cannot be identified, and for scientific research or statistical surveys only. Exceptions to this are the data in the Business Register and the public data describing central and local government activities.
Last updated 15.7.2005