Country Profile of Czech Republic
Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Czech Statistical Office (CZSO).
Position in the government
The Czech Statistical Office (CZSO) is an independent central body of the state administration of the Czech Republic. Its status, tasks and competencies are defined in the law on state statistics (Act 89/1995 Coll.) and in the Statute of the CZSO.
The head of the Czech Statistical Office is appointed and recalled by the President of the Czech Republic. The president of the CZSO is independent from the Cabinet, but he may participate in Cabinet sessions as a non-voting member.
Organizational structure and finance
The CZSO is divided into 7 core branches, responsible for various domains of statistics and several departments, which are subordinated directly to the President:
President of the CZSO
Office of President
Human Resources and Wages Department
International Cooperation Department
Information Confidentiality and Security Department
First Vice-president of the CZSO
General Methodology and Registers Branch
General Methodology Department
Statistical Registers Department
Department for Methodology of Performing Statistical Processing
Statistical Tasks Preparation Department
Statistical Metainformation System Department
ICT Administration Department
Statistical Processing Branch
Statistical processing Departments in these towns:
Praha, Ceske Budejovice, Plzen, Usti nad Labem, Hradec Kralove, Brno, Ostrava
Statistical Programming Department
Field Surveys Departments in these regions: Praha, Stredocesky Region, Ceske Budejovice and Jihlava Regions, Plzen and Karlovy Vary Regions, Usti nad Labem and Liberec Regions, Hradec Kralove and Pardubice Regions,Brno, Olomouc and Zlin Regions, Ostrava
Non-standard Projects Department
Central Processing Department
Household Surveys Department (Central Support)
Macroeconomic Statistics Branch
Annual National Accounts Department
Quaterly National Accounts Department
Prices Statistics Department
External Trade Statistics Department
Business Statistics Branch
Industrial, Construction and Energy Statistics Department
Trade, Tourism, Transport and Communications Statistics Department
Services, Banking and Insurance Statistics Department
Agricultural, Forestry and Environmental Statistics Department
Business Statistics Coordination Department
Business Cycle Surveys Department
Demography and Social Statistics Branch
Population Statistics Department
Household Surveys Department
Society Development Statistics Department
Labour Market Statistics Department
Specific Population Statistics Department
Household Surveys Coordination Department
Analyses and Dissemination Branch
Information Services Department
Electronic Presentations Department
Public Databases Department
Project Office Department
Vice-president of the CZSO
Operations and Administration Branch
Finance and Property Department
Department for Processing of Election Results
Budget Principles of the Office:
- Property used by the Office is owned by the state.
- The Office is a central authority with an independent chapter of the state budget.
Multi-annual or annual work program
A) Multi-annual work program:
Since the year 2005 there were accepted the Mission,Vision, Strategic Goals.
Based on acquired data, CZSO yields a reliable and consistent image about the state of the arts and development of the society according to developing needs of users of statistical service in conditions of changing environment. CZSO co-ordinates state statistical service in the Czech Republic.
The CZSO is a modern user-oriented institution, which:
· respects fundamental values such as professionalism, independence, impartiality and openness;
· accomplishes high quality level of services provided to a wide range of users of state statistics, recognises the principle of equal access of all users to information; statistics produced are available to all users;
· is a respected partner in the field of international cooperation fully integrated in international structures, actively contributes to the development of state statistics and to their harmonisation at international level;
· enjoys confidence and general recognition of the domestic and international public;
· applies rational division of labour among all cooperating institutions in the coordination of the state statistical service;
· puts emphasis on efficiency and innovations of internal processes;
· reaches high effectiveness of using all available resources, reduces burden on respondents;
· works with highly motivated professionals and creates corresponding working conditions for them;
· uses modern (advanced) ICT;
· is an integral part of the information system of public administration and is actively involved in its creation;
· participates in the development of statistics as a science.
B) Annual work program:
Czech Statistical Office work is determined by the Programme of Statistical Surveys, which is set by the CZSO through a Decree prepared in co-operation with Ministries and other administrative institutions. It is always declared not later than 30 November of preceding year.
For each Statistical Survey, the Programme indicates the following:
a) the purpose and contents of the Survey,
b) Reporting Units subject to Reporting Duty,
c) the manner of the Survey,
d) periodicity and deadlines for giving information,
e) the authority conducting the Survey.
Reporting Units are subject to Reporting Duty for the Statistical Surveys included in the Programme of Statistical Surveys.
In accordance with the Act on the State Statistical Service the main duties of the State Statistical Service are the following:
- acquisition of data,
- production of statistical information on social, economic, demographic and environmental developments in the Czech Republic and in its individual parts,
- provision and publishing of statistical information. A part thereof is making statistical information comparable and fulfilling obligations under international treaties and agreements in the area of statistics binding for the Czech Republic.
The State Statistical Service is carried out by the Czech Statistical Office in cooperation with Ministries and other central administrative institutions.
Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The first statistical service in what is now the Czech Republic started in 1829; in 1897, the Provincial Statistical Office of the Czech Kingdom was established.
A law constituting statistical service in Czechoslovakia was passed in 1919, the same year in which the State Office of Statistics was established.
Processes for statistics, accounting and operative- technical recording were merged in 1951 under a system formalized by Act 108/1951. After 20 years of experience with this system, which was focused on economic data, a revised and expanded system of socio-economic recording was established in 1971. Meanwhile, a Federal Statistical Office was created in 1968, along with central offices for the national republics - a Czech Statistical Office and a Slovak Statistical Office. Following the split of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on 1 January 1993, the Czech Statistical Office assumed all functions representing the Czech statistical service.
- Act No. 89/1995 Coll., on the State Statistical Service, as last amended by Act No. 342/2006 Coll.;
- Statute of the CZSO, approved by the Government of the Czech Rep. on 7 Nov 2001, amended on 18 June 2007
- Statute of the Czech Statistical Council, approved by the President of the CZSO on 29 June 1995
Other relavant legislation:
- Act No 101/2000 Coll. on personal data protection,
- Customs Act No. 13/1993 Coll.
Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Ministries and other central administrative institutions (e.g. the Czech National Bank) may carry out the State Statistical Service under the conditions and in the scope laid down by the Statistics Act. In doing so, they use methodology determined by the Czech Statistical Office and negotiated with Ministries.
Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
The advisory body of the Czech Statistical Office is the Czech Statistical Council, in compliance with Section 6 of Act No. 89/1995 Coll. on the State Statistical Service. It is established by the CZSO.
The Council is headed by the President of the Czech Statistical Office. The members of the Council are appointed and recalled by the President of the Czech Statistical Office from among experts in statistical theory and practice. The Council has at most 25 members.
The Council debates the draft Programme of Statistical Surveys, gives opinions about proposed Statistical Surveys without Reporting Duty and considers the necessity of administrative data use by the CZSO. Other assignments, working methods and calling of the meetings of the Council are regulated by its Statute issued by the President of the Czech Statistical Office.
Most recent population census
1 March 2001
Access to administrative data
According to the Act No. 89/1995 Coll., the Czech Statistical Office is entitled to require among data acquired in tax proceedings, in customs procedure and in the social security system.
The Ministry of the Interior shall provide the Czech Statistical Office with data from the Population Database, which are determined by the Act No. 89/1995 Coll..
Territorial governments shall provide the Czech Statistical Office with data from their own information systems.
The Czech Statistical Office uses individual data on entities classified to the Public Institutions Sector for statistical purposes.
Data provided to the Czech Statistical Office shall be transmitted in a form not allowing direct identification of the natural or legal person concerned.
Protection of confidential data is guaranteed by the Act on the State Statistical Service No. 89/1995 Coll.
Authorities carrying out the State Statistical Service are bound to protect confidential statistical data in the manner stipulated by this Act. In case confidential statistical data contain also personal data, these personal data are subject to the protection laid down by the special Act No. 101/2000 Coll.
Institutions performing the State Statistical Service may publish, provide or use a confidential statistical datum for other than statistical purposes if provided for by a special Act or if the data subject gives consent.
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
The Czech Statistical Office releases statistical information at the time, in the scope and manner announced in advance in the mass media, own publications and other media and, further, in a way making possible remote access
Publications are issued in these series:
- comprehensive publications (e.g. Statistical Yearbook),
- thematic publications (on environment, agriculture, labour, social statistics, population, elections, macroeconomy, external trade, prices, industry, construction, services)
- classifications, nomenclatures (published in the Collection of Acts of the Czech Republic),
- other publications.
Statistical Yearbook of the Czech Republic 2008
This yearbook contains data of 2007 on the state and development of the most important areas of economic, social and cultural life in the CR; long-term time series (1993-2006) of selected national economy indicators. Periodicity: yearly (November; it was published in Nov 2008).
Territorial breakdown: CR, Areas, regions,
Year covered: 2007, time series
Languages of main publications
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
The publications are the standard output from the statistical surveys except for the databases - the CZSO publishes every year about 300 of them, some of them monthly, other three times a year and the rest once a year. The publications appear according to the Catalogue of publications. Publications can be obtained in printed or electronic version. They can be ordered by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is possible to order only some copies, especially of the earlier publications. The e-mail adress: email@example.com.
Invoiced sale of the Statistical Yearbook of the Czech Republic in printed form: by publisher SCIENTIA spol s.r.o., Křížová 1018/6, 150 05 Praha 5 – Smíchov,
tel.: (+420) 233 350 201, fax: (+420) 220 510 274,
cash sale and CD-ROM cash and invoiced sale of the Yearbook by CZSO, Publications Shop.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Only anonymized data are being provided.