Revised industrial classification will be introduced in April 2009 in statistics describing turnover in service industries

A revised industrial classification, TOL 2008, will be introduced in Finnish statistics in 2009. General information about the transition is given on the TOL 2008 pages of the Statistics section of Statistics Finland's website. The Classifications pages of the Metadata section of the website contain more detailed information about TOL 2008, such as its contents and classification principles.

The classification will be introduced in April 2009 in statistics describing turnover in service industries in January 2009. The data of the statistics will also then be classified by TOL 2008 in database services and compilation publications, and publishing of data by TOL 2002 will be discontinued. The previously published data by TOL 2002 will remain available on the home page of the statistics and in the database services. The base year of the statistics will be changed in connection with the transition to the new classification, with 2005 as the new base year.

Changes in the classification of service industries arising from the transition to TOL 2008

Under the revised industrial classification, data on turnover in service industries will be published by eight, instead of the previous four activity sections.

The TOL 2002 sections by which data have been published up to now are

  • H Hotels and restaurants
  • I Transport, storage and communication
  • K Real estate, renting and business activities
  • O Other community, social and personal service activities.

The TOL 2008 sections by which data will be published are

  • H Transportation and storage
  • I Accommodation and food services activities
  • J Information and communication
  • L Real estate activities
  • M Professional, scientific and technical activities
  • N Administrative and support service activities
  • R Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • S Other service activities.

The contents of TOL 2008 sections will differ from those of TOL 2002. An exception is section I, Accommodation and food service activities, which is practically identical with section H of TOL 2002.

For example, the new TOL 2008 section J, Information and communication, will comprise

  • Telecommunications, which moves from TOL 2002 section I, Transport, storage and communication
  • Programming and broadcasting activities, which moves from TOL 2002 section O, Other community, social and personal services
  • Computer programming, consultancy and related activities, and Information service activities (previously Computer and related activities), which move from TOL 2002 section K, Real estate, renting and business activities.

In addition, the new TOL 2008 section J, Information and communication, will comprise

  • Publishing activities, which is a combination of TOL 2002 two-digit levels classes of 22, Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media, and 72, Computer and related activities
  • Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities, which is a combination of TOL 2002 two-digit level classes 22, Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media, and 92, Recreational, cultural and sporting activities.

Further information about the impact of the classification revision on statistics describing turnover in service industries

The levels of TOL 2008 by which data on turnover in service industries will be published are described on the home page of the statistics. Retrospective data starting from 1995 will be published from all series by the new industrial classification.

The effects of the new industrial classification on service industries have also been discussed in the Fokus section of Service Industry Review 2/2008 (In Finnish only).


Last updated 26.9.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of service industries [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0998. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.8.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/plv/plv_2008-09-26_uut_001_en.html