Inquiry on establishment structure and personnel

Description of the data collection

Statistics Finland yearly inquires data on multiple-establishment enterprises for maintaining the Register of Enterprises and Establishments and employment statistics, for instance.

The inquiry is sent during November.The enterprises respond to the inquiry via the Internet.

From whom are data collected?

The inquiry is sent to nearly all multi-establishment enterprises that employ at least ten persons. The inquiry annually covers approximately 5,000 enterprises.
The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/04).

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. According to Section 18 of the Statistics Act, public data include: business identity code, the name, industry, legal form, type of owner, language code, domicile, address, number of personnel, size category of turnover and personnel of enterprises and corporations, as well as whether they are involved in international trade, whether they belong to the value added tax and preliminary tax withholding register, whether they are involved in primary production, whether they operate as an employer, group relationships, and the name, establishment code, address, industry and size category of personnel of establishments.

According to the EU's Regulation No 177/2008, Statistics Finland is obliged to maintain a Business Register for statistical purposes.

What are the data used for?

The Register of Enterprises and Establishments is the statistical basic register for all economic statistics. Its function is to describe and classify enterprises' economic activity and location, for example.

Employment statistics are annual statistics providing data by region on the population’s economic activity and employment. Enterprises respond to the inquiry via the Internet or by sending an attachment file. With certain enterprises it has been agreed that the data are submitted in file format.

How often are data collected?