Citizens’ Pulse

What is studied?

Statistics Finland is a government statistical agency, which produces statistics and conducts surveys describing conditions in society. Statistics Finland carries out the Citizens’ pulse inquiry on assignment of the Government. The inquiry explores citizens’ views on topical subjects connected to the activity and communication of authorities and the respondents' state of mind and future expectations.

Questions in English: Citizens' Pulse 6/2022

When and how are the data collected?

The inquiry is conducted as a web inquiry and it can be answered in Finnish, Swedish or English with a smartphone. An invitation to the inquiry is sent to the respondents by text message. The inquiry is repeated every five weeks and the respondents change at each round. In problem situations, those having received an invitation to the inquiry can contact us by email:

The sample for the inquiry is formed of the target persons aged 15 to 74 living in Mainland Finland who have responded to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, Consumer Confidence Survey and Finnish Travel Survey and for whom a current telephone number meeting the criteria can be found. Samples to the surveys are drawn as a stratified random sample from Statistics Finland’s population database, which is based on the Central Population Register.

What are the data used for?

The data collected are used to compile statistics and studies that are utilised in social decision-making.

Data protection

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the obtained data as confidential and our employees are obliged to secrecy. Statistics Finland may only release data from the survey from which all information by which an individual person could be identified has been removed.

The grounds for processing of personal data

The grounds for processing of personal data is public interest as intended in the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

Controller of the register

Controller of the register is Prime Minister's Office.

Data to be combined with the collected data

To make responding easier, the collected data are supplemented with data available from administrative registers. The data are processed so that the respondent cannot be identified from the completed statistical data. The data combined are: sex, age, education, regional data, the household’s classified income data, household-dwelling unit and main type of activity.

Data release and storage

Statistics Finland releases the collected data to the Prime Minister’s Office without direct identification data (name, date of birth, personal identity code, contact information). The Prime Minister’s Office and Statistics Finland store the data until further notice. Statistics Finland can release the data without personal data to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive for further use freely by everybody.

Source for contact information

Address data: Statistics Finland's database based on the Population Information System.

Other contact information than telephone numbers: publicly available sources or given by the respondents.

Contact information will not be released outside Statistics Finland.

Further information 

Prime Minister's Office:
Juho Jyrkiäinen, Senior Specialist
tel. +358 50 518 8467

Statistics Finland: