Statistical activity code: 50101
The statistical activity includes data that allow the development of local and state-level strategies for regional development and serve as a basis for planning regional development actions and for monitoring the impact of regional development policies.
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)
By the statistics are covered main fields of statistics – environment, population, economy and social life.
The main concept of this statistical activity is regional statistics. The regions are determined on the basis of the Territory of Estonia Administrative Division Act, according to which Estonia is divided into administrative and settlement units. Administrative units are counties, cities and rural municipalities. Settlement units are settlements and urban regions. Rural municipalities are divided into settlements which are villages, small towns, towns and cities without municipal status. Cities may consist of urban regions.
Information on the definitions and methodology used in fields of statistics is available in the Statistical Database.
Various statistics on local government units, counties and NUTS regions are published.
Estonia as a whole
City settlement region, town settlement region , rural settlement region
The time series in the database have different lengths in different subject areas (finance since 1995, dwelling completions since 1999, and so on).
Notifications about the 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 the case of publications – the release month).
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.
The news release “Average monthly gross income per employee” in May. The news release can be viewed on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section Uudiskiri (in Estonian).
Data are published in the statistical database at http://pub.stat.ee under the subject area “Social life / Labour market / Unemployed persons. Short term statistics” in the following tables:
ML064: Registered unemployed persons by region/administrative unit, administrative division as at 01.01.2018 (months)
ML065: Registered unemployed persons by region/administrative unit, sex and age group administrative division as at 01.01.2018 (months)
ML066: Registered unemployed persons by region/county and educational level, administrative division as at 01.01.2018 (months)
and under the subject area “Population / Population indicators and composition / Main demographic indicators” in the following tables:
PO063U: Dependency ratio by region/administrative unit, 1 January, administrative division as at 01.01.2018
PO06U: Demographic labour pressure index by region/administrative unit, 1 January, administrative division as at 01.01.2018
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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.
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.
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Ministry of the Environment
Estonian Rescue Board
Estonian Tax and Customs Board
Eesti Töötukassa (Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund)
Estonian Land Board
Register of construction works
Estonian National Library
Association of Estonian Cities and Rural Municipalities
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at http://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys. All results are available on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section User surveys.
In compliance with the rules
The accuracy of source data is monitored.
Eurostat and the national statistical institutes try to reduce non-sampling errors through continuous methodological and survey process improvements, e.g. by adopting computer-assisted data collection, which can help to avoid coding and typing errors.
The data are geographically comparable within Estonia if administrative borders have not changed (see the explanation under comparability over time).
The 2017 administrative reform interrupted the time series of municipalities, as the borders of municipalities changed to a great extent. When using the database it is important to pay attention to the status of administrative division. The statistics for municipalities are comparable after the administrative reform according to the new borders.
For 34 indicators, Statistics Estonia has made calculations in retrospect using the new administrative borders. For these indicators, the comparable time series is longer (it depends on the specific indicator). The time series is comparable for longer also in the case of municipalities that didn’t have changes in their borders (e.g. Tallinn and Viljandi cities). When calculating indicators in the case of these longer time series, it is important to pay attention to possible methodological changes. This is especially important in the case of population statistics, as methodological changes in this domain have been quite significant.
The data are internally coherent. Referring to data with similar content in the same way has been avoided. In the case of some indicators, the data published by Eurostat and Statistics Estonia may differ. This is related to methodological issues.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the section Principles of dissemination of official statistics of the website of Statistics Estonia.
The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available.
The following data on administrative units (counties, cities and rural municipalities) are received from administrative sources:
land registered in the land cadastre by ownership, way of acquisition during the land reform and intended purpose (from the Estonian Land Board);
average monthly gross income of employees (from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board);
operating revenue and expenditure of local budgets (incl. personal income tax receipts), grants from state budget equalization and support fund, targeted financing received for acquisition of fixed assets, net debt burden of local governments (from the information system of governmental accounts of the Ministry of Finance);
dwelling completions, non-residential building completions (from the register of construction works of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications);
subsistence benefits (from the Ministry of Social Affairs);
registered unemployed persons;
number of companies that have submitted annual reports and their turnover (from the commercial register of the Centre of Registers and Information Systems);
main indicators of public libraries for general service (from the National Library of Estonia);
number of accidents, incl. fires registered by fire and rescue services (from the Estonian Rescue Board.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Administrative data are received via X-Road and an FTP-server, and by e-mail.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with other data.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculating additional indicators.