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National Classifications


(COFOG)

Country / Area: Finland

Classification category: Expenditure classifications

 
General information
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Only some minor deviations in terminology which are adapted to terms used by governmental authorities and budget procedures
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.3
Identical to international standard.
 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?106
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.No
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistics Finland
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Taru Sandström,
Tel. +358 9 1734 3350
taru.sandstrom@stat.fi
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Statistics Finland, Tel: +358 9 17341,
http://www.stat.fi ,
luokitukset.tilastokeskus@tilastokeskus.fi
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)COFOG is implemented since 1998 by national accounts. A handbook was published 2001.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.-
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.Statistics Finland, National Accounts
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)..
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?National accounts
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)In Finnish (+ in other languages of EU member countries, translated by Eurostat)
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications-
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))-
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?COFOG is adapted to information systems of State Accounting Office, not as a primary classification, however.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?-
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.-
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Julkisyhteisöjen tehtäväluokitus
Uppgiftsklassificering för offentliga sammanslutningar
Classification of the functions of government
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG). UN, 1980.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?3
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?52
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)No
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1986
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryClassification of the Functions of Government (COFOG)

Source: UN questionnaire, 01/04/2003