The Advisory Board of Official Statistics of Finland (OSF), comprised of representatives of various authorities producing statistics, focused its development work on the quality of statistics in 2011. "We decided to make a yearly self-assessment of the realisation of the quality criteria of official statistics. The first assessment will be carried out in 2012," says Chair of the Board, Riitta Harala, Director of Social Statistics from Statistics Finland.
In the reviewed year, the online services of statistics producers were developed. "We organised a seminar for the producers of statistics to analyse the development targets for their online services. In the future, we want to develop the OSF portal into a joint dissemination platform for the needs of the entire national statistical service," says Riitta Harala.
By the end of the year, Official Statistics of Finland comprised 273 sets of statistics. An up-to-date list of the statistics has been published in the OSF portal.
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health joined the producers of the national statistical service: at the end of 2011, there were a total of 18 producers of statistics. During the year under review, the Financial Supervisory Authority and Statistics Finland made a decision in principle on the transfer of insurance statistics to Statistics Finland. The producers of statistics continued their close co-operation to develop statistics in working groups set up for different statistical domains.
Expenditure of the national statistical service grew slightly
In 2011, the total expenditure of the national statistical service amounted to EUR 72.7 million, which was EUR one million more than in the year before. Over the year, the expenditure went up by close on 1.5 per cent from the previous year. The expenditure of Statistics Finland was of the same magnitude as one year earlier. In the rest of the national statistical service, expenditure went up by good six per cent from 2010.
Examined by statistics group, the largest share of the resources, or EUR 8.6 million, was expended on statistics describing business enterprises. The second largest proportion of EUR 5.4 million was used for statistics on agriculture, forestry and fishery. Almost the same amount went to the production of statistics on the labour market. EUR 5.2 million were spent on statistics concerning the national economy, and EUR five million on statistics describing the environment and natural resources.
Expenditure of the national statistical service by authority 2010–2011, EUR 1,000
|Finnish Meteorological Institute||2911)||2911)|
|Finnish Transport Agency||313||287|
|Finnish Transport Safety Agency||291||360|
|Agricultural Economic Research Institute||822||812|
| Information Centre of the Ministry
of Agriculture and Forestry
|National Land Survey of Finland||350||370|
|Finnish Forest Research Institute||1,281||1,245|
|Finnish Game and Fisheries Institute||272||288|
|Finnish Environment Institute||2,520||2,390|
|National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)||3,291||4,325|
|National Board of Customs||2,089||2,160|
|Ministry of Employment and the Economy||488||658|
|1)Data from 2009.|
Expenditure of the national statistical service by statistics group 2011, EUR 1,000
|Prices and costs||3,915||3,915|
|Culture and the media||1,058||1,058|
|Transport and tourism||2,911||647||3,558|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishery||371||5,063||5,434|
|Wages, salaries and labour costs||2,680||2,680|
|Financing and insurance||557||557|
|Science, technology and information society||1,558||1,558|
|Income and consumption||3,708||3,708|
|Environment and natural resources||1,970||3,051||5,021|