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International statistics cooperation

An extensive amount of Statistics Sweden's operations are directly influenced by international statistics cooperation. The greater part of cooperation occurs within the frame for the EU, the OECD, the UN and the Nordic countries.


The purpose of international statistics cooperation is to strengthen the international statistics system and increase access to comparable international statistics of high quality. The purpose is also to influence decisions that are made and affect Sweden. Statistics cooperation should also take advantage of the possibilities to strengthen and streamline the national and international statistics system.

Statistics Sweden presents statistics to the EU as well as to other international organisations.


Statistics cooperation within the EU aims to make statistics of member states comparable. Comparable statistics are an important means to develop, analyse, conduct, monitor and evaluate policies of the EU. Statistics Sweden's commitment to EU issues mainly occur within the frame for work in the European Statistical System (ESS).

Reporting to the European statistics agency Eurostat is regulated partly through regulations and directives as well as voluntary agreements. Around 15 government agencies that are responsible for producing statistics in Sweden are a part of the European statistics cooperation work. Statistics Sweden coordinates the work in Sweden.


The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) works to promote economic growth in their member states. Statistics Sweden takes part in the OECD's statistics cooperation work, mainly within the frame for the committee for statistics and statistical policies (CSSP) and its working groups. We also take part in the work of other committees where statistics are important.


ECOSOC is the main agency of the UN that handles issues about economic, social and cultural terms of people.

The UN's statistics commission is under ECOSOC (UNSC) which is the highest decision-making agency of the global statistics community. The Commission has 24 elected members, but most of the member states of the UN usually take part in meetings, often represented by the head of the national statistics office. Statistics Sweden's Director General participates.

In addition, Statistics Sweden also takes part as a representative in working groups and committees within the statistical area and cooperates with a number of specialised agencies within the UN. Among others, these include the International Labour Organization (ILO). The World Bank and UNESCO.

The Nordic countries

The Nordic statistical offices have a long history of active cooperation. This cooperation is often of a more informal character. It includes exchange of experience and coordination about issues of joint interest in the Nordic countries.


International Statistics Cooperation