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.

Activities of the Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland in 2013

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

  2012 2013
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
Statistics Finland 61,215 61,082
National Board of Customs 2,144 1,858
Ministry of Employment and the Economy 679 736
Total 77,177 76,739


Expenditure of the national statistical service by statistics group in 2013, EUR 1,000

  SF Others Total
Housing 982   982
Living Conditions 542   542
Energy 1,337   1,337
Prices and Costs 4,741   4,741
Government Finance 3,901   3,901
National Accounts 6,011   6,011
Trade 1,533 1,858 3,391
Education 3,161   3,161
Culture and the Media 862   862
Transport and Tourism 2,559 911 3,470
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery 161 5,041 5,202
Justice 1,107   1,107
Wages, Salaries and Labour Costs 2,655   2,655
Services 122   122
Financing and Insurance 886   886
Construction 821   821
Social Protection 0 1,954 1,954
Manufacturing 2,139   2,139
Health 813 2,931 3,744
Science, Technology and Information Society 1,512   1,512
Income and Consumption 3,818   3,818
Labour Market 5,341 736 6,077
Elections 255   255
Population 2,937   2,937
Environment and Natural Resources 2,069 2,226 4,295
Enterprises 10,819   10,819
Total 61,082 15,657 76,739