In its activity, Statistics Finland complies with the international principles of statistics. In addition, the activity is steered by the principles and guidelines based on the Personal Data Act and good service practices, for example.
The principles approved by the United Nations Statistics Division define the rights and duties of producers of official statistics in society and the most important principles when compiling and publishing statistics, such as reliability and statistical data protection.
Statistics Finland's principles of professional ethics comply with the Declaration on Professional Ethics of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), which contains the ethical obligations for all persons working in the field of statistics towards society, customers and partners. Statistics Finland's guide on professional ethics is based on the ISI declaration.
Publication principles for statistics at Statistics Finland apply, for example, to how and when statistics are published, as well as the confidentiality of data prior to publication.
The European statistical community has agreed on the practices that guide the making of changes to statistics and communicating about such changes.
On that basis, Statistics Finland has compiled detailed instructions on revisions made to statistical data.
Statistics Finland's data protection principles ensure that data on individual data suppliers are confidential.
The Conference of European Statisticians of the United Nations' Economic Commission for Europe have compiled the principles and guidelines concerning the confidentiality of statistical data and the use of unit-level data.
Statistics Finland's customer service principles require that data users are heard and served efficiently.
Last updated 1.7.2014