The purpose of official statistics is to provide information about the situation and changes in population, social life, economy and the environment. In order to achieve this purpose, Statistics Estonia collects, processes, analyses and stores data and publishes statistics. Each such activity is described as a statistical activity. In addition to classical statistical activities, the output of which is statistics (statistical indicators), also the activities regarding the compilation of analytical publications, managing the statistical register and development are described as statistical activities.
The activities of Statistics Estonia are determined by the official statistical programme list of statistical activities of Statistics Estonia, which is prepared every year for the following five years and is approved by the Government of the Republic. Together with the list of statistical activities, also the list of statistical indicators to be published is approved.