About Statistics Estonia

Statistics Estonia (abbreviation SE) is a government agency in the area of administration of the Ministry of Finance. The main task of Statistics Estonia is to provide public institutions, business and research circles, international organisations and individuals with reliable and objective information on the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation and trends in Estonia. Official statistics is in compliance with international classifications and methods and in accordance with the principles of impartiality, reliability, relevancy, profitability, confidentiality and transparency. In producing statistics, Statistics Estonia is guided by the Official Statistics Act. The values that the work of the institution is based on are reliability, co-operation and innovation.

Statistics Estonia is situated at Tatari 51 in Tallinn and has more than 400 employees. Statistics Estonia works in close co-operation with a number of other institutions, such as the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), OECD, Eesti Pank (central bank of Estonia), the University of Tartu, ministries, county governments and local governments. Respondents are also important partners of co-operation for Statistics Estonia. The institution is a part of the European Statistical System and contributes to the development of international statistics.

For providing information, Statistics Estonia performs statistical actions, the results of which are published in the Statistical Database. The volume of statistics that is published electronically has increased year by year. Statistical data which are of interest to the public are outlined in news releases. Information on the published statistics is available in the release calendar.

Statistical data have been divided into subject areas. This distribution serves as a basis for the structure of the Statistical Database as well as for the system of statistical publications. Besides statistics presented by subject areas, several publications and analyses are also published on topics connecting different subjects.

Statistical publications provide mainly analytical overviews. The printed publications include “Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. Quarterly Bulletin of Estonian Statistics”, “Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia”, analytical publications and pocket-sized reference books. All publications are available free of charge on the website.

People can make a request for information to Statistics Estonia or submit an order for information by letter, fax, e-mail or on the website. A request for information is a request for published or documented information and it allows receiving information on published official statistics, on Statistics Estonia and its activity. An order for information is a request for more detailed information than available in the public database or in statistical publications.

Statistics Estonia welcomes the opinions and suggestions of the users of statistics in order to improve the availability of statistical information.