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Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia and Statistical Society of Slovenia would like to invite you to join them at their 30th traditional Statistical Day conference entitled The Right Data for Better Decisions, which will take place in the form of a Zoom webinar on Thursday, 18 November from 9:00 to 12:00, just before the High-level meeting “Timeliness Matters: Ways to Stay Ahead”.
What data help us make good decisions? How can we provide them in a rapidly changing world and in unpredictable circumstances? During the pandemic, were there enough timely data for preparing high-quality analyses to support decision-makers? What changes happened in our society during the pandemic? Would more data, different data, more quickly available data be needed for additional analyses? What challenges await in the future regarding data collection in view of greatly increased needs?
Participants will seek answers to these and other questions in a discussion with invited experts and conference participants.
Interpretation from Slovene to English and vice versa will be provided.
You can register by 15 November 2021 via the registration form: https://vpr.stat.si/statdan2021 .
On the occasion of the European Statistics Day on 20 October, the Hungarian Central Statistical Office and the Hungarian Statistical Association jointly organised a conference entitled “Official statistics - create value”.
The programme covered a wide and very topical range of official statistical issues, including: the 2022 population census, health statistics, presentation of the Social Atlas of Hungary, the use of administrative data sources in official statistics, consumer price indices, housing market information in macroeconomic and spatial statistical analysis, quarterly sectoral accounts, cooperation with the central bank and the research community.
Dr. Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat, congratulated the Hungarian statisticians in a video message. She stressed that the wide range of topics discussed at the conference showed that official statistics have value and create added value for society and all its members, for the common good. She underlined the importance of close cooperation between NSIs, stressing that official statistics are only useful if they are comparable across countries and that this can only be achieved through the exchange of good practices, the joint development of methodologies and the implementation of common projects.
In her welcome speech Dr. Gabriella Vukovich highlighted that the effects of the pandemic were also felt in the field of statistics, but overall it was an inspiring period in which challenges were accompanied by successes. In addition to new data requirements, the issue of timeliness was more relevant than ever. Alternative data sources and new methods were sought and found during this time. However, we need to continue our efforts to identify new data sources, in this respect the coordinated activities of the members of the European Statistical System concerning access to privately held data is encouraging. She concluded by saying that we have reason to be proud of our profession and that we can meet expectations if we adapt to change and develop our knowledge and professional culture.
To mark European Statistics Day on 20th October, the Central Statistics Office will be publishing the 21st issue of the Statistical Yearbook of Ireland. The Yearbook presents a comprehensive picture of Ireland today based on statistics published by the CSO throughout the year.
The BNSI plans to celebrate the sixth European Statistics Day by realizing several activities in order to promote the importance of official statistics and her role in the society as follows:
1. Large promotion using different media channels (news release on the website and different electronic media, social media posts) and dissemination of Bulgarian version of the Eurostat’s interactive publication - ‘Demography of Europe’ (will be visible tomorrow - https://www.nsi.bg/demography2021). It presents European statistics on the population and looks at different aspects, such as population development, the trend of an ageing population, longer lives, having children at an older age, getting married, and many more.. As we received very positive feedback previous times when we translated other digital publications of Eurostat, we have decided to continue our work to translate and adapt new publications and to update older ones.
2. The infographic of Eurostat on number of mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians employed in the EU is translated and published on the BNSI website and to be promoted via social media channels on 20th of October.
3. The European Statistics Competition 2022 - https://www.nsi.bg/esc-2022, is launched. The BNSI in collaboration with the Eurostat and other Member States organizes for the fifth time the European Statistics Competition. The ESC is met with great enthusiasm among Bulgarian students and teachers. More than 4 thousand students took participation in ESC until now.
4. Due on the COVID-19 pandemic, the BNSI management has decided not to organised any present events - as ‘Open doors days’ for students, etc.
To mark the European Statistics Day, Statistics Portugal undertook the following dissemination actions:
To mark European Statistics Day Destatis has devised a new feature website area on the European Green Deal.
The decision to highlight the European Green Deal was made based on the fact that the COP26 climate conference is upcoming (November 2021 in Glasgow) and because "measures against climate change / European Green Deal" is a topic where official statistics role as a key player against fake news and disinformation is particularly important ("Statistics, a vaccine to protect democracy and combat the virus of disinformation.").
An English language version of the site is planned for the near future.
The publication of this feature site was announced via a press release on the 19th October and will also be promoted via social media.
Statistics Estonia invites to the European Statistical Day on 20 October
On the occasion of ESD 2021, the National Institute for Statistics Romania is hosting two events in collaboration with the Romanian Academy and the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest:
1. “The Population of Romania 1860-2020 (Historical series of dates)”
2. “The history of Romania's censuses”
Both events, chaired by Mr. Tudorel Andrei, president of the INS Romania, are webinars and will be transmitted online on INS FB.
To mark the European Statistics Day, the SFO has re-launched its website "Statistics Counts":
Tweets (also in English) and posts will be published on social media.
In his column devoted to the 2021 European Statistics Day, ISI President Steve Penneck underlines “the importance of statistical information earning the trust of the population, by being independent of political influence” and stresses the role of the ISI in safeguarding the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics:
Today is being celebrated as Statistics Day in many countries, indeed it is recognised as European Statistics Day in the EU. I know there are other Statistics Days in other parts of the world – e.g., African Statistics Day on 18 November. I will be celebrating the day by speaking today at two conferences – one in Malaysia and one in Sweden (the benefits of virtual conferences!).
Statistics Day hopefully gives each of us time to reflect on the place of statistics in the world, and our own contribution to advancing the science.
The EU is celebrating today with a focus on ‘Statistics, a vaccine to protect democracy and combat the virus of disinformation’. There are many ways in which this is true.
The current situation, with the pandemic still taking its toll in most countries, has highlighted the importance of good statistical evidence as the basis for policy decisions. At no time has the value of statistics been more keenly felt than now. Globally we have seen a pandemic unprecedented in our lifetimes. And statisticians have risen to the challenge, and shown the value to society of what we do.
So how do we build on this for the future? It’s important now, that the challenges that we have faced as statisticians and the barriers that we have overcome, that have placed statistics at the centre of decision making, become an opportunity to be consolidated: that will enable our profession to be advanced and have more influence in future decision making. That will give us thought for the future.
Beyond that we have the EU statement of ‘Statistics, a vaccine to protect democracy and combat the virus of disinformation’. True in so many ways, but I especially want to underline the importance of statistical information earning the trust of the population, by being independent of political influence. The ISI has needed to make recent statements on this in respect of two countries – Greece and Fiji. These are not actions we take lightly, and always after due consideration and consultation.
Our concern is that governments do not always pay the attention that they might to Principle 2 of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. This requires them to ‘retain trust in official statistics, (by deciding) according to strictly professional considerations, including scientific principles and professional ethics, on the methods and procedures for the collection, processing, storage and presentation of statistical data.’
We will call this out, where we need to.
Statistics truly are the vaccines that protect our democracy, and it is for all of us help administer the dose.
President, International Statistical Institute
20 October 2021
Cystat is promoting this year's European Statistics Day with:
-A dedicated news release for European Statistics
-Social media posts on Twitter
-Launching of the European Statistics Competition 2021-2022
-Announcement that CYSTAT’s new Web Portal goes live on 1st of November 2021
Saturday 23 October 2021, 3:00 p.m .: “Comme par HasART!”, Science Center Luxembourg (co-organized by STATEC)
An event organized on the occasion of the European Statistics Day with Yvik Swan, professor of Mathematics at the Free University of Brussels, president of the Belgian Mathematical Society and passionate science popularizer.
Kick-Off of the 1st edition of the European Statistics Competition in Luxembourg.
On the occasion of the European Statistics Day, Statistics Iceland intends to launch a website decicated to the European Statistics Competition 2022, which will be held for the first time in Iceland next year.
The new website will also be mentioned in social media.
This year marked the 20th anniversary since the Statistics Office of Malta was set up as the NSO. Before the NSO, the Central Statistics Office was founded in 1947 as a response to WWII.
Given the occasion, and the rich history of NSO, the NSO embarked on a project to produce a video about its biography which was aired on National TV.
You can watch the video on the following link https://youtu.be/XungUJsksfI
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.
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
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%).
- 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