Overview of the national statistical service 2013
Statistics Finland has developed the national statistical service by means of the Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland (OSF), co-operation groups and networks, as well as meetings of Directors General.
To intensify the co-ordination of the national statistical service and the European Statistical System (ESS), the composition of the Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland was extended to include all OSF producers and ESS authorities. The main emphasis in the activity of the Advisory Board was on the development of the quality and procedures according to the European Statistics Code of Practice and on the preparation for the EU Peer Review to be implemented in 2014. The Quality Assurance signed by the producer organisations of official statistics was issued in January 2013.
At the end of the year, Official Statistics of Finland comprised 261 sets of statistics. An up-to-date list of the statistics has been published in the OSF portal.
The amendments to the Statistics Act and to Sections 2 and 3 of the Act on rural industry statistics entered into force on 1 September 2013. The long prepared proposal for amending the EU's Regulation on statistics halted due to disagreements.
Official statistics were centralised in accordance with the development policies of the national statistical service. The compilation of balance of payment statistics was transferred from the Bank of Finland to Statistics Finland. The centralisation of the statistics producer organisations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry into Natural Resources Institute Finland was prepared and the possibilities for the reorganisation of foreign trade statistics were surveyed.
Expenditure of the national statistical service fell slightly
In 2013, the total expenditure of the national statistical service amounted to EUR 76.7 million, which was EUR 0.5 million less than in the year before. The contraction of expenditure from the previous year amounted to 0.6 per cent. The expenditure of Statistics Finland remained nearly unchanged. In the rest of the national statistical service, expenditure went down by close on two per cent from 2012.
Examined by statistics group, the largest share of the resources, or EUR 10.8 million, was expended on statistics describing business enterprises. EUR six million was used for statistics on the labour market and nearly as much for statistics on the national economy. The fourth largest sum, good EUR five million, was used for the production of statistics on agriculture, forestry and fishery.
Expenditure of the national statistical service by authority in 2012 to 2013, EUR 1,000
|Finnish Meteorological Institute||372||168|
|Finnish Transport Agency||284||381|
|Finnish Transport Safety Agency||433||530|
|Agricultural Economic Research Institute||822||865|
|Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry||2,543||2,755|
|National Land Survey of Finland||381||378|
|Finnish Forest Research Institute||1,355||1,205|
|Finnish Game and Fisheries Institute||270||216|
|Finnish Environment Institute||2,280||1,680|
|National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)||4,399||4,885|
|National Board of Customs||2,144||1,858|
|Ministry of Employment and the Economy||679||736|
Expenditure of the national statistical service by statistics group in 2013, EUR 1,000
|Prices and Costs||4,741||4,741|
|Culture and the Media||862||862|
|Transport and Tourism||2,559||911||3,470|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery||161||5,041||5,202|
|Wages, Salaries and Labour Costs||2,655||2,655|
|Financing and Insurance||886||886|
|Science, Technology and Information Society||1,512||1,512|
|Income and Consumption||3,818||3,818|
|Environment and Natural Resources||2,069||2,226||4,295|