Title of statistical activity: National accounts (quarterly)
Code of statistical activity: 21405
- Metadata update
- Statistical presentation
- Unit of measure
- Reference period
- Institutional mandate
- Release policy
- Frequency of dissemination
- Accessibility and clarity
- Quality management
- Accuracy and reliability
- Timeliness and punctuality
- Coherence and comparability
- Cost and burden
- Data revision
- Statistical processing
1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.
Economic and Environmental Statistics Department
1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".
1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia
1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.
+372 625 9353
2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.
2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.
3. Statistical presentation
3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.
Gross domestic product (GDP) and its components by production, expenditure and income approach
GDP by production approach by institutional sector and economic activity; by components of domestic demand together with imports and exports of goods and services at current prices and by chained value; the component’s growth compared to the previous period and the corresponding period of the previous year; the component’s contribution to GDP growth and share in the GDP
Economically active population, unemployed and employed persons by economic activity: employees and self-employed persons (employment, hours worked, number of jobs)
Labour productivity per employee, per hour worked, labour unit cost
3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.
Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK 2008) based on NACE Rev. 2
Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG)
Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP)
Combined Nomenclature (CN)
Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Community (CPA 2008)
List of Products of the European Community (PRODCOM List)
ESA: Classification of transactions and other flows 2010
3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.
Non-financial corporations, financial corporations, general government, households and non-profit institutions serving households
3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.
Gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices – the sum of the gross value added of all resident producers at basic prices, plus taxes less subsidies on products.
3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.
3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.
3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.
Estonia as a whole
3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.
1st quarter 1995 – …
3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.
In case of the chain-linking method, the year preceding the accounting period (t – 1) is used as the base period.
GDP and its transactions – million euros
Chain-linked volume growth and share in GDP – percentage
Contribution to GDP growth – percentage point
6. Institutional mandate
6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.
DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACTS
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 995/2012 of 26 October 2012 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Decision No 1608/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of Community statistics on science and technology
Regulation (EU) No 549/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the European Union (Text with EEA relevance)
OTHER LEGAL ACTS
Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 34 and § 35 of the Official Statistics Act.
7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.
The treatment of confidential data is regulated by the Procedure for Protection of Data Collected and Processed by Statistics Estonia: https://www.stat.ee/66485.
8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.
Notifications about dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the Statistical Database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in case of publications – the release month).
8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.
8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.
All users have been granted equal access to official statistics: dissemination dates of official statistics are announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) is provided access to official statistics before other users. Official statistics are first published in the Statistical Database. If there is also a news release, it is published simultaneously with data in the Statistical Database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8:00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calendar.
10. Accessibility and clarity
10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.
The news release “Gross Domestic Product” once a quarter. The news releases can be viewed on the website at http//www.stat.ee/news-releases.
10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.
10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.
Data are published underthe subject area “Economy / National accounts” in the Statistical Database at http://pub.stat.ee.
10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.
10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.
Data serve as input for statistical activities 20412 “Dwelling price index and owner-occupied housing price index” and 21401 “National accounts (annual)”.
10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.
European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA 2010)
System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA). European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations, World Bank (2009, New York)
10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.
11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.
Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.
12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.
Ministry of Finance
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys.
All results are available on the website at https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.
12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.
The quarterly national accounts are in compliance with the European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA 2010) methodology.
13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.
The accuracy of the national accounts depends on the quality of data of other statistical activities used as input. The accuracy of input data from statistical activities is monitored.
13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.
13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.
Eurostat and the NSIs try to reduce non-sampling errors through continuous methodological improvements and survey process improvements.
14. Timeliness and punctuality
14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.
Final data on the gross domestic product (GDP) are published 2 months after the end of the reference quarter (t + 2).
14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.
The data have been published at the time announced in the release calendar.
15. Coherence and comparability
15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.
The data are internationally comparable.
15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.
Quarterly data on the gross domestic product (GDP) are comparable since the 1st quarter of 1995 (compiled according to a common methodology).
15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.
As data from different statistical activities are used as input for the quarterly national accounts, the national accounts statistics are coherent with these statistical activities.
15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.
17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.
The GDP calculations are revised regularly with updated input data. Each year, the data for the last 4 years and the quarters are revised based on the supply and use tables and the Structural Business Survey. The results of this revision are published together with the 2nd quarter GDP. When publishing the 1st quarter GDP, the 4th quarter GDP estimates are revised if necessary. When publishing the 3rd quarter GDP, the 2nd quarter GDP estimates are revised if necessary. When publishing the 4th quarter GDP, the estimates of the three previous quarters are revised if necessary.
18. Statistical processing
18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.
Data on state budget and local government budgets by budget classification are received from the information system of governmental accounts of the Ministry of Finance.
The expenditure report of state pension insurance is received from the Social Insurance Board.
The expenditure report of health insurance is received from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.
Data on the following tax returns are received from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board: income tax return for a resident natural person (form A); business income of a resident natural person (form E); declaration of income and social tax, unemployment insurance premiums and contributions to mandatory funded pension (form TSD).
Information about foreigners working in Estonia on the basis of a temporary work permit is received from the Police and Border Guard Board.
The number of members of the armed forces based outside Estonia is received from the Ministry of Defence.
The following data are received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: number of Estonian residents on diplomatic missions abroad; number of local employees working in the Estonian government agencies located outside the territory of Estonia; total number of employees working in the Estonian government agencies located outside the territory of Estonia; number of foreign employees working in foreign embassies in the territory of Estonia.
The following data are received from Eesti Pank: Balance of Payments, aggregated balance sheet and income statement of commercial banks, aggregated income statement of leasing companies.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activities 20007 “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)”, 20103 “Construction volume indices”, 20205 “Energy consumption and production (monthly)”, 20401 “Construction price index”, 20403 “Export price index”, 20404 “Import price index”, 20405 “Agricultural input price index”, 20406 “Agricultural output price index”, 20407 “Consumer price index”, 20408 “Production price index of industrial output”, 20413 “Service producer price index”, 21101 “Wages and salaries”, 21207 “Economic accounts for agriculture“, 21301 “Financial statistics of financial service activities and activities auxiliary to financial services (quarterly)”, 21307 “Financial statistics of insurance enterprises (quarterly)”, 21303 “Government finance”, 21304 “Pension funds”, 21401 “National accounts (annual)”, 21408 “Supply and use tables”, 21601 “Financial statistics of trade enterprises (monthly)”, 21603 “Trade volume indices”, 22015 “Transport by railway”, 22027 “Registered motor vehicles“, 22029 “Transport of passengers and goods by transport enterprises”, 22031 “Water transport”, 22032 “Air transport”, 22201 “Production indices”, 22303 “Foreign trade”, 30101 “Population“, 30205 “Vital events. Deaths and causes of death“, 30206 “Vital events. Births“, 40203 “Household Budget Survey” or 40204 “Consumption expenditure forecast” and 40701 “Labour Force Survey” are used.
18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.
18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.
Administrative data are received via X-Road, an FTP server or by e-mail.
18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with the data of previous periods and other surveys.
18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.
Collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculation of additional indicators.
18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.
Time series are seasonally and working day adjusted. Seasonal adjustments are made using Demetra+ software.