Statistics Estonia (abbreviation SE) is a government agency at the area of administration of the Ministry of Finance. The main task of Statistics Estonia is to provide the public institutions, business and research spheres, international organisations and individuals with reliable and objective information service on economic, demographic, social and environmental situation and trends in Estonia. Official statistics is in compliance with international classifications and methods. Official statistics is 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 office is based on are reliability, openness and co-operation.
Statistics Estonia is situated in Tallinn, 15 Endla Street. About 400 employees work in the office. Statistics Estonia works in close co-operation with many other institutions, such as the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), OECD, the Bank of Estonia, the University of Tartu, ministries, county governments and local governments. Data providers are important partners of co-operation. Statistics Estonia is a part of the European Statistical System and contributes to the development of international statistics.
For providing the information service, official statistical surveys are conducted (starting from 2011 statistical activities). A survey means the whole process necessary for producing statistics of a certain field — data collection, processing and publication of statistics. About 150 surveys are conducted annually.
All official statistics are subject to publication and are made available for all users. The information about published statistics has been provided in release calendar.
The statistical data have been divided into fields. 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 fields, many publications and discussions are published on topics connecting different fields.
From year to year the volume of statistics published electronically has increased. The completed statistics is first released in the statistical database. News releases provide relevant, topical statistical information.
Statistical publications provide mainly analytical overviews. The printed publications are 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 on the website. Statistical publications can be subscribed to or be bought in the Information Centre.
The Information Centre (15 Endla Str, Tallinn), which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (from Mondays to Fridays), help to find statistical information. The library of the Information Centre has the largest collection in Estonia of statistical publications issued in other countries and by international organisations — at the beginning of 2009 the library included over 23,000 library units.
One can present a request for information to Statistics Estonia or submit an order for information by letter, fax, e-mail or on the web site; information can also be ordered in Information Centre. The request for information is the request for published or documented information. The request for information allows to receive information on published official statistics, on Statistics Estonia and its activity. The order for information is a request for more detailed information than available in the public database or in statistical publications.
Statistics Estonia is grateful to get the opinions and suggestions from the users of statistics in order to improve the availability of statistical information.