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2013

20 December 2013  Have a look at our new release calendar
The release calendar for 2014 is now available. Take a look at the new calendar where you can find information on statistics and publications that will be released next year. The calendar has new functionalities including various defining possibilities.

17 December 2013  Balance of payments statistics will be transferred to Statistics Finland at the turn of the year
In summer 2013, the Bank of Finland and Statistics Finland signed an agreement to transfer the balance of payment statistics from the Bank of Finland to Statistics Finland. The transfer is part of the central government's effectiveness and profitability project, where one objective is to centralise statistics production to Statistics Finland.

13 December 2013  Leena Storgårds appointed Director of the Economic and Environmental Statistics Department
Leena Storgårds has been appointed Director of Statistics Finland's Economic and Environmental Statistics Department for the five-year term 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2018.

13 December 2013  Information package on transport published
How many cars are there in Finland? And how many mobile telephone subscriptions? These data can be found in Statistics Finland's new Transport and Communications Statistical Yearbook for Finland.

5 December 2013  Life in Finland in 2012
The newly published Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2013 describes precisely society and its development in Finland. The statistics in the Yearbook reveal, for example, what the year 2012 was like in Finland.

5 December 2013  Winners selected in the Apps4Finland 2013 competition
The winners of the Apps4Finland 2013 competition have been selected. The Apps4Finland 2013 competition sought best innovations that make use of Finnish open data. Statistics Finland participated in the competition as a partner for the second time.

23 October  Search engine is unavailable
The search engine of Statistics Finland's is temporarily unavailable due to technical problems

10 October 2013  Statistical releases are delayed on 10 October 2013
Today's statistical releases are delayed due to technical problems. We will do our utmost to publish them as soon as possible.

8 October 2013  Basic skills of Finnish adults among the best in the OECD countries
According to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the average literacy and numeracy skills of Finnish adults are excellent by international comparison. In Finland, the data collection for the survey was done by Statistics Finland. Press release by the Ministry of Education and Culture

26 September 2013  New Working Papers publication series
Statistics Finland has started a new Working Papers publication series. The series comprises surveys, studies and reports related to statistics compilation and quality, concepts and methods of statistics.

24 September 2013  New information is collected concerning employees' working conditions
Statistics Finland launched the seventh nationwide study concerning employees' working conditions at the beginning of September. By the end of the year, nearly 5,000 persons will be interviewed in the Quality of Work Life Survey 2013.

16 September 2013  Online information about the environment
The Environment web service contains statistical data on the interaction between nature and people from various perspectives and information on the measures taken by society to protect nature.

12 September 2013  Statistics Finland will close down its local offices during 2014
Statistics Finland's local offices in Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu will close down by the end of 2014.

30 August 2013  Third victory for Finland in the International Statistical Literacy Competition
The team representing Finland from Lyseonpuisto Upper Secondary School, Rovaniemi has won for the third successive time the upper secondary school category in the International Statistical Literacy Competition

27 August 2013  Appointment news from Statistics Finland: Riitta Eiskonen appointed Director of IT Services
Ms Riitta Eiskonen, Master of Arts, has been appointed Director of IT Services at Statistics Finland for the five-year term starting on 1 October 2013.

21 August 2013  Reviews to National Accounts in 2014
In September 2014, EU Member States will implement the revised European System of National and Regional Accounts, ESA 2010. As a result of the revision, the system of national accounts will describe the economic environment better than at present and respond to the new information needs of data users.

20 August 2013  Gunnar Modeen medal to Liv Hobbelstad Simpson
The Gunnar Modeen medal awarded every three years by the Finnish Statistical Society was this year granted to Liv Hobbelstad Simpson from Norway.

20 August 2013  Statistics Finland on Twitter
Statistics Finland has opened a Twitter account. You can follow us at twitter.com/statsfinland

14 August 2013  Statistics Finland studies self-employed people
Statistics Finland studies self-employed people for the first time. The purpose of the survey to be started at the end of August is to collect data on the situation and working conditions of sole entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, freelance workers and persons working on a grant.

8 July 2013  Number of farmed fur animals has decreased by more than one-half
The number of farmed fur animals has decreased by more than one-half since 1985. While there were 8.2 million farmed fur animals in 1985, in 2012 there were only 3.6 million. These data derive from Statistics Finland's new publication, Environment Statistics Yearbook 2013.

5 July 2013  Timo Koskimäki appointed Deputy Director General of Statistics Production
Mr Timo Koskimäki has been appointed Deputy Director General of Statistics Production at Statistics Finland for the five-year term starting on 1 September 2013.

26 June 2013  Production of balance of payments statistics to be transferred from Bank of Finland to Statistics Finland
Today, on 26 June 2013, the Bank of Finland and Statistics Finland signed an agreement on transferring the production of balance of payments statistics from the Bank of Finland to Statistics Finland. The main responsibility for compiling balance of payments statistics and the related tasks will be taken over by Statistics Finland from the beginning of 2014.

24 June 2013  Statistics Finland involved in the World Congress of Science Journalists
Statistics Finland's experts will hold a workshop on datajournalism and open data at the 8th World Congress of Science Journalists in Helsinki from 24 to 28 June 2013.

20 June 2013  Energy in Finland - new pocketbook of energy statistics
Statistics Finland has published a new pocket-size book of statistics on energy. The compact information package contains fresh statistical data on the energy field in Finland.

18 June 2013  Statistics Finland organising partner in Apps4Finland competition
The Apps4Finland 2013 competition seeks best innovations that make use of Finnish open data. Statistics Finland participates in the competition as a partner for the second time.

17 June 2013  Women with foreign background become mothers younger
Women with foreign background gave birth to 7.1 per cent of the children born in Finland between 2007 and 2011. Women with foreign background are slightly younger when giving birth than Finnish-born women are.

13 June 2013  Up-to-date information on Finland in pocket size
Statistics Finland's newly published Finland in Figures is a compact, 40-page information package in pocket size about Finland and its people. The booklet contains key data on various economic and social topics as statistics and graphs. It also includes international comparison data.

3 June 2013   Amendments to the Statistics Act
The act on the amendment of the Statistics Act was approved on 24 May 2013. The amendment to the legislation will extend the processing of the data collected for statistical purposes in scientific studies and statistical analyses on social conditions, for example.

24 May 2013  Technical problems with statistical releases
Due to technical problems with statistical releases, for instance the links to the database tables are not working. We will fix the problems as soon as possible.

16 May 2013  Director General becomes member of the ESS Partnership Group
Statistics Finland's Director General Marjo Bruun has been selected as member of the Partnership Group of the European Statistical System ESS for the term between 1 September 2013 and 30 June 2015.

23 April 2013  A new model for simulating legislative amendments
Statistics Finland has published a model that simulates Finland's personal taxation and social security system for calculating the economic effects of legislative changes.

18 March 2013  Jukka Pekkarinen and Heli Jeskanen-Sundström awarded Eino H. Laurila national income medal
The Eino H. Laurila national income medal for 2012 has been awarded to Jukka Pekkarinen and Heli Jeskanen-Sundström. The medals are granted in recognition of their active work in promoting the use of national accounts and knowledge about them.

8 March 2013  Statistical stories and maps on population census
Statistical stories about Finns have been published in English on the thematic pages on population census. The data of the stories can be reviewed, for instance, as map animations, diagrams, charts, time series or tables.

8 March 2013  What do you think about the Library of Statistics?
Please answer our web questionnaire by 7 April and have a say in the development of the services of the Library of Statistics. At the same time you can take part in the prize draw.

25 February 2013  National accounts data will be released at 10 am on 1 March 2013
Statistics Finland will release preliminary national accounts data on economic development in 2012 at a press conference starting at 10 am on 1 March 2013. At the same time, statistics will also be released on general government deficit and debt, quarterly national accounts, and taxes and tax-like payments.

19 February 2013  Calculation of the Consumer Price Index is revised
Statistics Finland has made revisions to the calculation methods of the Consumer Price Index. In future, the weight structure of the Index is updated annually, which means that the monitored commodities can also be updated annually.

14 February 2013  Historical time series on the Finnish economy
Statistics Finland has published time series on the development of the Finnish economy in its databases. The longest time series cover more than 150 years.

31 January 2013  The International Year of Statistics brings statistics to the fore in society
The International Statistical Institute (ISI) has declared the year 2013 as the International Year of Statistics. The International Year of Statistics will be celebrated in many different events in 111 counties.

31 January 2013  Quality assurance from producers of Official Statistics of Finland
The producers of Official Statistics of Finland have signed a quality assurance in which they commit to the principles that steer statistics production.

29 January 2013  Changes to statistics on housing prices
Statistics Finland is renewing its statistics on housing prices in 2013. Statistics Finland will start publishing new statistics on the index of owner-occupied housing prices.

9 January 2013  Search function of our web service has been renewed
Statistics Finland has renewed the search function on its website. The new function makes the finding of data significantly easier: it allows data to be searched with more precision than before from tables, databases, articles and diverse metadata.

4 January 2013  Problems with statistical release 4 January 2013
Due to technical problems, there are difficulties with showing today's statistical release. We will publish the statistics as soon as possible. Quarterly sector accounts 2012, 3rd quarter, (pdf).

3 January 2013  Changes in statistics production
There will be changes to the production and publication of statistics produced by Statistics Finland in 2013.

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Last updated 2.1.2014