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Country / Area: Finland

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)PRODCOM-nimikkeistö (Finnish), PRODCOM-klassificeringen (Swedish), PRODCOM list (Production communautaire) with national supplements
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Finnish, Swedish
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://tilastokeskus.fi/keruu/tehy/lomakkeet.html
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?Mainly 1-level classification, 2-level classification used for national purposes in a minority of codes; in 2011 the number of classes is 4102, of these 3799 are original PRODCOM classes, 160 national subclasses, and 143 national supplementary classes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.10514030 Unripened or uncured cheese (fresh cheese) (including whey cheese and curd)
10514050 Grated, powdered, blue-veined and other non-processed cheese (excluding fresh cheese, whey cheese and curd)
1051405010 Grated or powdered cheese, irrespective of type of cheese
1051405020 Blue-veined cheese
1051405030 Edam cheese
1051405040 Emmental cheese
1051405090 Other types of cheese

The 8-digit codes are original Eurostat’s PRODCOM codes, the 10-digit codes are codes for national subclasses.

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Identical with the EU PRODCOM list with some subdivisions and supplementary classes.
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)See 2 (a), 2 (b), 3 (a).
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.See 2 (a), 2 (b), 3 (a).
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.)The EU PRODCOM codes
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.The EU PRODCOM codes
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.Only used for the data collection of the yearly industrial production in Finland by Statistics Finland. Used at the detailed level of 4102 classes (2011). Supplied to Eurostat summed over the national subclasses and without the national supplementary classes. Data published in Finland at the detailed national level.
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.)None.
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?Combined nomenclature (CN) used by The National Board of Customs for foreign trade (statistics), used also by Statistics Finland as an auxiliary nomenclature.
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.)1997
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.1997 for yearly industrial production in Finland.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Minor revisions yearly.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)HS-pohjainen tuotenimikkeistö, A HS-based nomenclature with national modifications (The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) of tariff nomenclature)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe HS nomenclature
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))Impossible to figure out in short order but very like the HS nomenclature.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Only for the year 1997.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Probably in the early 1980's.
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.No.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?See 6 (d).
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Essentially identical with the PRODCOM list.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?PRODCOM - CN (Combined nomenclature)
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?An auxiliary Access database to aid the placing of product data
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Excel, HTML, TXT
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistics Finland (Finnish: Tilastokeskus, Swedish: Statistikcentralen) & Eurostat
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryhttp://tilastokeskus.fi/keruu/tehy/index_en.html
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant ----

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/1/2012