Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland

The Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland acts as a joint forum for authorities producing statistics in order to advance the development policies of Official Statistics and the objectives of the national level co-ordination of the European System of Statistics. The Board has been functioning since 2002. The term of office of the present Board runs from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

The function of the Board is to:

  • To support Statistics Finland in maintaining and developing comprehensive Official Statistics of Finland meeting the needs of information users
  • To issue recommendations and guidelines concerning the quality of Official Statistics of Finland
  • To harmonise the production processes of statistics and spread good practices in the scope of Official Statistics of Finland
  • To exchange information about national and international development and co-operation
  • To enhance familiarity with Official Statistics of Finland, usability of services and availability of statistics
  • To maintain and develop the portal of Official Statistics of Finland
  • Other tasks related to the development and co-ordination of Official Statistics of Finland.

The Board organises seminars and discussions on topical matters it regards as important in the scope of the national statistical service. The Board can also set up sections to manage its tasks efficiently. The Board is entitled to hear experts it considers necessary.


  • Ari Tyrkkö, Head, Co-ordination and International Activities, Statistics Finland
  • Heli Mikkelä, Director of Information Services, Statistics Finland
  • Niina Niinimäki, Head of Group, Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Sannamari Alatalkkari, Publications Manager, Social Insurance Institution of Finland
  • Jari Myllärinen, Unit Manager, Finnish Transport Agency
  • Antti Halmetoja, Special Adviser, Finnish Transport Safety Agency
  • Tarja Kortesmaa, Actuary, Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Rafael Bärlund, Senior Adviser, Finnish Immigration Service
  • Juhani Väänänen, Chief Expert, National Land Survey of Finland
  • Kimmo Silvo, Head of Unit, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Anna Heino, Planning Officer, National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Christina Telasuo, Senior Customs Officer, National Board of Customs
  • Petri Syvänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
  • Anja Saalo, Special Adviser, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
  • Katariina Käkönen, Statistical Planner, Finnish Centre for Pensions
  • Leena Storgårds, Senior Adviser, Statistics Finland