International co-operation

Aims

  • Improvement of data comparability
  • Promotion of the use of international statistical data
  • Exchange of experiences between countries and exploitation of the gained knowledge in official statistics
  • Development of statistics, statistical concepts and statistical methods

Partners

  • European Union (Commission, ECB)
  • OECD, UN
  • Nordic Countries
  • National statistical institutes of different countries
  • Scientific organisations

Statistical co-operation in the EU

The National Statistical Institutes of the EU Member States and the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Eurostat, collectively make up the European Statistical System (ESS). Its task is to produce statistics for EU organs, develop and harmonise the statistics compiled in the Member States, and prepare statistical legislation.

Reliable, comparable statistics provided by the Member States are vitally important for decision-making, monitoring and evaluation within the European Union. The areas where statistics are utilised include

  • Forming of economic and monetary policy (EMU)
  • Forming of agricultural policy
  • Allocation of structural fund support
  • EU enlargement project
  • Determination of membership fees

Export of statistical competence

The aim of international statistical consulting is to

  • Support less developed countries to rebuild and improve their official statistics
  • Increase knowledge in Finland about the comparability and quality of the statistics produced in the neighbouring areas
  • Develop own personnel's international project skills

International Consulting News

Sources of funds for international consulting include the EU's development programmes Tacis, Phare, Medstat and the China Programme, financing of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for co-operation with neighbouring areas and developing countries, and development co-operation projects of other countries, such as Norway, Sweden and Germany.