About Statistics Estonia

Statistics Estonia (abbreviation SE) is a government agency with the main task to provide public institutions, business and research communities, international organisations and individuals with reliable and objective information on the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation and trends in Estonia. Statistics Estonia as the main data competence centre in Estonia is also responsible for data governance in the country. The objective of Statistics Estonia is to become by 2022 the most effective and innovative producer of reliable and user-friendly statistics in Europe.

Official statistics is in accordance with international classifications and methods, as well as 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.

The main building of Statistics Estonia is in Tallinn, but it also has offices in Tartu and Viljandi. As at the end of 2018, there were 315 employees (in full-time equivalents), incl. 34 interviewers, working at Statistics Estonia. Statistics Estonia works in close co-operation with a number of other institutions, such as Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), OECD, Eesti Pank (central bank of Estonia), the University of Tartu, ministries 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.

The results of the statistical activities of Statistics Estonia are published in the Statistical Database. Statistical data have been divided into subject areas. This distribution serves as a basis for the structure of the Statistical Database. Statistical data that are of interest to the public are announced in news releases. Information on data to be released and the relevant dates are in the release calendar. All publications of Statistics Estonia are available free of charge on its website.

It is possible to submit a request or an order for information by letter, e-mail or on the website. A request for information is a request for published or documented 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 opinions and suggestions on how to make access to statistical information better.