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The Government has appointed Markus Sovala as Director General of Statistics Finland for a five-year term starting from 1 March 2021. Before joining Statistics Finland Dr Sovala acted as Economic Policy Coordinator at the Ministry of Finance in Finland. Having worked as Director General at Statistics Finland for nine years, Marjo Bruun retired at the end of January.

“The strategic importance of information has grown due to digitalisation because more operational benefits are now derived from it. Statistics Finland is a major actor in the field of information. It is very interesting to start leading a team of top professionals. Enterprises have plenty of information in their possession – hopefully we will find common interests, says Dr Sovala.”

Before Statistics Finland Sovala coordinated economic policy at the Ministry of Finance in Finland. Prior to this, Sovala has worked as Leader of Change at the Uusimaa Regional Council, as Director General of the Economics Department and as Deputy Head of the Budget Department at the Ministry of Finance, as Senior Adviser at the World Bank and as Programme Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Statistics Finland is an agency in the administrative sector of the Ministry of Finance whose task it is to combine data into statistics and information services for the use of citizens, enterprises, public administration and research. Statistics Finland aims to develop from a producer of statistics to a provider of influential information and support more efficient use of reliable information. Around 800 experts in various fields are working at Statistics Finland.

 

 

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Statistics Finland

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We are glad to inform you that the Publications Office of the European Union is organising the first EU Open Data Days that will take place online from 23 to 25 November 2021. The EU DataViz 2021 will be happening from 23-24  under the EU Open Data Days.

The second edition of EU DataViz will go one step further, extending its concept to ‘open data’. This Conference will act as a bridge of two topics that are strongly interlinked: open data and data visualisation. This conference will bring together experts and users of (open) data, to explore, evaluate and explain how visualisation can provide answers to some of our questions, and how to find, understand and share insights into the vast amounts of data around us.

We would like to hear more from you!

The opinion from the community of practice is very important for the future shape of the Conference since it is expected to support the EU public sector to better serve citizens.

The goal of this survey is to collect and understand the needs and interest for the EU DataViz 2021 Conference in order to better shape the agenda to our needs and expectations

Link to the survey open until 5 April

It will be an online event, free of charge and open to external participants. To get an idea about the first edition of the conference please check the website EU DataViz 2019

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Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays fell in the retail sector by 0.9% in nominal terms in January 2021 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 4.9% compared with the previous month. The economic sectors were affected to varying degrees. These are some of the findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Real turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays fell in the retail sector by 0.5% in January 2021 compared with the previous year. Real growth takes inflation into consideration. Compared with the previous month, real, seasonally adjusted retail trade turnover registered a decline of 5.3%.

Non-food sector with a severe loss in turnover

While retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco recorded an increase in nominal turnover of 13.7% (in real terms +13.9%) the non-food sector registered a nominal minus of 10.4% (in real terms –10.1%). The sectors “other goods (clothing, chemists, watches and jewellery)” (–19.2%; in real terms –18.9%), “cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores” (–14.6%; in real terms –15.1%) as well as the sector “other household equipment, textiles, DIY and furniture” (–7.2%; in real terms –7.4%) were particularly affected by the measures introduced by the authorities to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. In contrast, the sectors “information and communication equipment” (+32.3%; +41.0% in real terms) and “market stalls, retail sale via mail order houses or via internet” (+21.8%; + 21.9% in real terms) were able to report positive turnover figures.

Adjusted for sales days and holidays, the retail sector excluding service stations registered a 1.0% growth in nominal turnover in January 2021 compared with January 2020 (+1.3% in real terms). The result for service stations was a loss of turnover of 22.2% (in real terms –16.4%).

Excluding service stations, the retail sector showed a seasonally adjusted decline in nominal turnover of 5.1% compared with the previous month (in real terms –5.5%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered a nominal minus of 1.2% (in real terms –0.9%). The non-food sector showed a minus of 11.0% (in real terms –11.6%).

 

 

For further information:

Media release of 01/03/21 from Federal Statistical Office FSO

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A snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on Ireland based on statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office

 

  • On the basis of mortality data reported to the Department of Health there have been more than 4,000 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland over the last 12 months, with more than 1,000 of those deaths occurring in the last four weeks
  • In February 2021, 42% of respondents rated their overall life satisfaction as ‘Low’ – the highest such rating for overall life satisfaction captured in CSO surveys to date
  • The share of employees in Q3 2020 with weekly earnings of ‘less than €300’ fell to 12.3% of all employees when COVID-19 income supports are included
  • The number of hours worked per week decreased by 6.6 million hours per week or 8.5% over the year to Q4 2020
  • There was a near collapse of air and sea travel with 31.4 million fewer arrivals and departures in 2020 compared to 2019
  • Almost a quarter (23.2%) of enterprises surveyed in August 2020 planned to make remote working permanent in some capacity

 

For further information:

Press Statement COVID-19: One Year On

ESS website contact persons Moira Buckley and Ken Kennedy

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Current Vacancy in Unit C4 ‘Price statistics; Purchasing power parities; Housing statistics’
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Deadline for applications: 25/03/2021
 
 
Current Vacancy in Unit D1 ‘Excessive deficit procedure, methodology and GFS’
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Deadline for applications: 26/04/2021
 
 
Current Vacancy in Unit D2 ‘Excessive deficit procedure (EDP)’
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Deadline for applications: 26/04/2021
 
 
Current Vacancy in Unit E1 ‘Agriculture and fisheries’
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Deadline for applications: 26/04/2021
 
 
Current Vacancy in Unit E3 ‘Transport’
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Deadline for applications: 26/04/2021
 
 
Current Vacancy in Unit G2 ‘European businesses’
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Deadline for applications: 26/04/2021
 
 

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Eurostat website - Job opportunities

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The consumer price index (CPI) increased by 0.1% in January 2021 compared with the previous month, reaching 100.1 points (December 2020 = 100). Inflation was –0.5% compared with the same month of the previous year. These are the results of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

The 0.1% increase compared with the previous month is due to several factors including rising prices for hotel accommodation. Fuel also recorded a price increase, as did second-hand cars. In contrast, prices for air transport and clothing and footwear decreased, the latter due to seasonal sales.
 

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Media release from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office FSO Consumer prices increased by 0.1% in January

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The Residential Property Price Index (RPPI) is designed to measure the change in the average level of prices paid by households for residential properties sold in Ireland. The RPPI specifically excludes non-household purchases, non-market purchases and self-builds (i.e. where the land is purchased separately). The index is mix-adjusted to allow for the fact that different types of property are sold in different months.
 
It includes cash purchases of property and detailed locational characteristics of dwellings. In addition, a range of additional indicators measuring the volume, value, average price and median price of residential property in Ireland are also included. These indicators are broken down by the characteristics of the buyer, the seller, the dwelling and geographical location. The RPPI is split into two higher level geographical areas. These are Dublin and the Rest of Ireland (i.e. Ireland excluding Dublin). Both house and apartment sub-indices, as well as an all dwelling index, are provided for each of these areas.
 

For further information:

CSO Ireland: Residential Property Price Index December 2020

ESS website contact persons Moira Buckley and Ken Kennedy

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The Central Statistics Office's publication, "SILC Report on Household Amenities and Access to Services 2004-2019" is a part of the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) which collects data from households in Ireland every year since 2004.

 

 
Some results relating to ownership of various household appliances and dwelling features are published in this release, illustrating how homes in Ireland have changed in the last 16 years. The data illustrates how technology usage has evolved in recent years, highlighting how some modes of entertainment and communication that were dominant at the turn of the millennium declined in popularity or were supplanted by more recent technological developments.

 

 

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For further information: SILC Report on Household Amenities and Access to Services 2004-2019

ESS website contact persons Moira Buckley and Ken Kennedy

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The Swiss residential property price index (IMPI) increased in the 4th quarter 2020 compared with the previous quarter by 2.3% and reached 103.1 points (4th quarter 2019 = 100). Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, inflation was 3.1%. The average annual inflation rate for residential property in 2020 was 2.5%. These are some the results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

The average annual inflation rate of the IMPI for 2020 of 2.5% corresponds to the rate of change between the annual average for 2020 and that for 2019. The annual average is calculated as the arithmetic average value of the four quarterly indices of the calendar year. The prices of single-family houses increased last year on average by 2.8% and those of condominiums by an average of 2.2%.

In the fourth quarter of 2020 the increase of the IMPI compared with the previous quarter was 2.3%. The prices for both single-family houses (+1.5%) and condominiums (+3.1%) increased. Both market segments showed higher prices in all municipality types than in the previous quarter. The increase in prices for single-family houses was particularly marked in intermediary municipalities (+2.4%). The prices for condominiums increased most in the rural municipalities (+5.2%).

For further information:

Media release from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office FSO Average annual inflation rate for residential property in 2020 was 2.5%

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In March this year a first ESTP course was offered by Eurostat to the ESS members, and provided a great opportunity to really dig into and discuss how we manage our projects and how we can work together better. The course lasted three days during which the 19 attendees went through the entire project lifecycle, from conception to conclusion, with a good look at the benefits and sustainability of the project. One overall feedback was about the usefulness of the Commission's Methodology, PM2, which had just launched its Open Edition and is now freely available to all.

The course highlighted differences in the degree of usage of project management good practices showing the gap that still needs to be filled to work together with utmost efficiency. This is also reflected in the participants'  equest for a follow-up advanced course to further develop their practical knowledge of project management. Building on this years' experience, Eurostat is considering repeating the course – and – if there is sufficient demand – adding an extra day to discuss the Agile approach to project management. Agile project management is mainly used in IT projects (software development) – but not only: any project that has to deliver concrete results in a very short period of time can benefit from using some Agile techniques. However, with no demand, there is no offer – all ESS members are hereby invited to express their interest in having a one-day Agile add-on to the course. The add-on can be taken together with the course or as a stand-alone course. If you are interested in this course add-on, please send an e-mail to the course leader.

 

 

For further information:

Contact Eurostat Directorate B - Taskforce Statistical products and services Crista Filip Course Leader

More information about PM2

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Current Vacancy in Unit C1 ‘National accounts methodology; Standards and indicators’
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Deadline for applications: 25/03/2021
 
 

Current Vacancy in Unit F3 ‘Labour market and lifelong learning’
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Deadline for applications: 25/03/2021
 
 

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Eurostat website - Job opportunities

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In week 52 of 2020 (21 to 27 December inclusive), there were 3.8 thousand deaths. The number of deaths rose further among people receiving long-term care. In this group, almost 40 percent more deaths were recorded than the expected number for this period. Mortality among the rest of the population is almost normal for this time of year. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on the provisional weekly figures on mortality.

Weekly mortality has been higher than expected since week 39. During the second epidemic wave (weeks 39 to 52 inclusive), altogether 6.7 thousand more deaths were recorded than would normally be expected in this period.
 

For further information:

News Release Statistics Netherlands (CBS) - Week 52: mortality further up among long-term care users 

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The Central Statistics Office's publication, "Irish Health Survey 2019 - Persons with Disabilities’, provides data and insights on the self-reported health status of persons with disabilities in Ireland and the extent to which they can rely on informal social supports (assistance from neighbours for example). The publication also outlines, for those aged 55 years and older, the extent to which persons with disabilities experience difficulties with certain personal care and household activities.

Today’s publication is the third and final in a series of health publications based on the Irish Health Survey from 2019. December 07 saw the publication of “Irish Health Survey – Carers and Social Supports”, while on 11 December the CSO published “Irish Health Survey 2019 – Main Results”. The data collection for this publication (and the previous two in the series) occurred from July 2019 to February 2020 and so relates to the pre-pandemic health and other experiences of respondents. 

For further information:

Irish Health Survey 2019 - Persons with Disabilities

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Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays rose in the retail sector by 1.0% in nominal terms in November 2020 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 2.4% compared with the previous month. These are the provisional findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Real turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays rose in the retail sector by 1.7% in November 2020 compared with the previous year. Real growth takes inflation into consideration. Compared with the previous month, real, seasonally adjusted retail trade turnover registered a decline of 2.0%.

Retail sector excluding service stations

Adjusted for sales days and holidays, the retail sector excluding service stations showed a 2.7% increase in nominal turnover in November 2020 compared with November 2019 (in real terms +3.2%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered an increase in nominal turnover of 8.3% (in real terms +7.7%), whereas the non-food sector registered a nominal negative of 1.7% 
(in real terms -0.4%).

Excluding service stations, the retail sector showed a seasonally adjusted decline in nominal turnover of 2.4% compared with the previous month (in real terms -2.1%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered a nominal minus of 0.3% (in real terms +0.1%). The non-food sector showed a minus of 3.2% (in real terms -2.7%).

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Media release from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office FSO Turnover in the Swiss retail sector increased by 1% in November

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EURONA is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal dedicated to National Accounts and Macroeconomic Indicators. EURONA aims at providing a platform for researchers, scholars, producers and users of macroeconomic statistics to exchange their research findings. 

The 2020 EURONA issue was published on the Eurostat website on 15 December and contains the following articles:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the national accounts, by Veronique Deneuville, Christine Gerstberger, Ángel Panizo Espuelas, Jenny Runesson, Steinar Todsen, Iveta Toleikyte and Orestis Tsigkas
  • Measuring inflation in the EU in times of COVID-19, by Claude Lamboray, Rui Evangelista and Paul Konijn    
  • The role of satellite accounting in expanding the System of National Accounts, by James Tebrake
  • Pension data in European national accounts: ESA 2010 Table 29, by Filippo Gregorini 

For more information EUROSTAT Website

 


 

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Contact Paul Konijn ESTAT.C.4

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Current Vacancy in Unit F4 ‘Income and living conditions; Quality of life’
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Deadline for applications: 25/02/2021
 
 

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Eurostat website - Job opportunities

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ECOFIN conclusions on EU Statistics 2020 have been published on the website of the Council:
 
"The statistical response to COVID-19
 
The Council welcomes the rapid response of the European Statistical System (ESS) and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that key existing official statistics continued to be published to deadline, alongside clear information for users on impacts of the pandemic on statistical production. The ESS also developed new, highly relevant statistics, often on an experimental basis. In the process, access to new data sources and development of new statistical techniques was fundamental." Read more Council conclusions on EU Statistics 2020 - 6 November 2020
 

For further information:

European Council  Outcome of proceedings

Contact Eurostat Ibolya Mile ESTAT.C.1.

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On World Statistics Day, Statistics Liechtenstein informed about the ‘online-preferred’ Census in December 2020.

Read more in the Newsletter “World Statistics Day and Liechtenstein count”

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For further information:

Office of Statistics Newsletter of 20 October 2020

Office of Statistics Liechtenstein

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Cystat celebrates the World Statistics Day by organizing with the Cyprus Statistical Society a web event on “The Statistical Perspective to the COVID-19 Pandemic”, on 20th of October.
 
Additionally Cystat promotes the World Statistics Day with:
 
 

 

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CYSTAT

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On World Statistics Day, Statistics Netherlands reflects on the current state of the coronavirus crisis,both in the Netherlands and in the rest of the EU.
 

News release “Current state of the coronavirus crisis” .

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Statistics Netherlands

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