Business Register inquiry for multi-establishment enterprises

Description of the data collection

The Business Register inquires yearly data from multi-establishment enterprises. The data are collected for maintaining the Business Register. The inquiry is sent out to multi-establishment enterprises and corporations during October.

The enterprises respond to the inquiry electronically via the Internet.

From whom are data collected?

The inquiry is sent to all multi-establishment enterprises and corporations and as a collective inquiry jointly with the employment statistics to multi-establishment enterprises with at least five employees. This inquiry covers yearly around 2,500 enterprises.

Data processing

The obligation to reply is based on the Statistics Act (Act 280/04), which obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential.

According to Section 18 of the Statistics Act, public data include: business identity code, legal form, the name, industry, language code, domicile, address and other contact information, type of owner, the location of activity and establishments, size category of turnover and type classification of entrepreneurial activity, total number of personnel and number of personnel by municipality, 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, and group relationships of corporations, foundations and self-employed persons. In respect of establishments, data on establishment code, operating time, the name, industry, location, public address and other public contact information, and size category of personnel are public.

The collected data concerning individual persons are treated confidentially and they are used only for statistical purposes.

According to the Council Regulation (EEC) No 177/2008 on business registers, Statistics Finland is obliged to maintain a Business Register for statistical purposes.

What are the data used for?

The Business Register includes data on enterprises, establishments and groups operating in Finland. The basic variables are number and personnel. The data are classified according to industry, region, type of ownership and legal form.


Exceptionally, the data for 2013 will be inquired in February.

How often are data collected?