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Country Profile of Greenland

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Statistics Greenland (SG)
Web address
http://www.stat.gl/
Position in the government
The daily management of Statistics Greenland is taken care of by the chief statistician. He also represents Statistics Greenland publicly. Organisationally, Statistics Greenland refers to the Cabinet's secretariat.
Organizational structure and finance
The Chief Statistician supervises the Information Service and Administration. Within the Information Service and Administration, they are responsible for Population, Labour Market, and Economy. The Board of Directors oversees all areas.

The daily management of Statistics Greenland is taken care by the chief statistician. He also represents Statistics Greenland publicly.

The Plan of Work for Statistics Greenland stipulates the demands for statistics which are to be met within the framework of the appropriation made available by the Finance Act for the year in question.
The results of the statistical surveys are published by Statistics Greenland in a number of interdisciplinary and subject-oriented publications. In addition, external users may request that specific studies be carried out by Statistics Greenland.

It is also possible to have specific studies carried out by the service section of Statistics Greenland, or to obtain supplementary statistical information. In supplying such information statistical registers are used which ensure the complete anonymity of the persons and enterprises forming part of the statistical information.
Multi-annual or annual work program
The Advisory Statistical Committee has approved the working plan for year 2002. The Plan of Work for Statistics Greenland stipulates the demands for statistics which are to be met within the framework of the appropriation made available by the Finance Act for the year in question.
Main duties
Statistics Greenland (SG) is the central authority responsible for statistics on Greenland. SG collects, works up and publishes statistical information on societal conditions in Greenland.


Legal basis
Legal basis
The framework for the activities carried out by Statistics Greenland (SG) is the Greenland Parliamentary Act No. 5 of 19 July 1989. The Act was amended in 1999 by the Greenland Parliamentary Act No. 11 of 29 October 1999, which came into force on 1 January 2000.


Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
A board of directors (5 members) has been appointed for Statistics Greenland. Formerly an Advisory Statistical Committee was set up. The board of directors has the overall responsibility for the activities of Statistics Greenland. The board approves the long-term plans and the annual working plan. The board oversees that Statistics Greenland carries out its work according to the provisions and discusses plans for improvements of existing and start-up of new statistics.


Data collection
Most recent population census
January 2008
Data confidentiality
The privacy of data providers (households, enterprises, administrations and other respondents), the confidentiality of the information they provide and its use only for statistical purposes must be absolutely guaranteed.

– Statistical confidentiality is guaranteed in law.
– Statistical authority staff sign legal confidentiality commitments on appointment.
– Substantial penalties are prescribed for any willful breaches of statistical confidentiality.
– Instructions and guidelines are provided on the protection of statistical confidentiality in the production and dissemination processes. These guidelines are spelled out in writing and made known to the public.
– Physical and technological provisions are in place to protect the security and integrity of statistical databases.
– Strict protocols apply to external users accessing statistical microdata for research purposes.


Data dissemination
Main publications
Statistical Yearbook

Greenland in Figures

Labour Market

Population

Housing

General Subjects

Fisheries and Hunting

Income

Criminal Statistics

Environment & Energy

National Accounts

Public Finances

Elections

Prices

Social Affairs

Health

Tourism

Education

Foreign Trade
Languages of main publications
Danish, English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
The results of the statistical surveys are published by Statistics Greenland in a number of interdisciplinary and subject-oriented publications. In addition, external users may request that specific studies be carried out by Statistics Greenland.

It is also possible to have specific studies carried out by the service section of Statistics Greenland, or to obtain supplementary statistical information. In supplying such information statistical registers are used which ensure the complete anonymity of the persons and enterprises forming part of the statistical information.

SG has decided to present the majority of their publications as PDF-documents. The format has the advantage that it is independent of the software platform and can be printed and still keeps its original lay-out.




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