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Standard för svensk näringsgrensindelning
(SNI 2007)

Country / Area: Sweden

Classification category: Activity 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)Standard för svensk näringsgrensindelning 2007 (SNI 2007), Swedish Standard Industrial Classification 2007
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Swedish and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.SNI webpage http://www.scb.se/Pages/List____257220.aspx
Classification database https://www.h2.scb.se/metadata/klassdb.aspx
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?SNI 2007 consists of five levels, it follows the NACE rev. 2 structure for level 1-4 and has the 5-digit national level.

Avdelning (Section) 21 categories
Huvudgrupp (Division) 88 categories
Grupp (Group) 272 categories
Undergrupp (Class) 615 categories
Detaljgrupp (Detailed group) 821 categories

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.SNI 2007 Follows the NACE rev. 2 structure for level 1-4
Section: “A Agriculture, forestry and fishing”
Division: “01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities”
Group: “01.1 Growing of non-perennial crops”
Class “01.11 Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds”
Detailed group: “01.110 Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds”
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. SNI 2007 follows the NACE rev. 2 structure which is related to ISIC rev.4
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)NACE is a derived classification of ISIC: categories at all levels of NACE are defined either to be identical to, or to form subsets of, single ISIC categories. The first level and the second level of ISIC Rev. 4 (sections and divisions) are identical to sections and divisions of NACE Rev. 2. The third and fourth levels (groups and classes) of ISIC Rev. 4 are subdivided in NACE Rev. 2 according to European requirements. However, groups and classes of NACE Rev. 2 can always be aggregated into the groups and classes of ISIC Rev. 4 from which they were derived.
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.No deviation
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.)It differs between statistical domains. The classification itself can provide ISIC rev. 4 classes as of NACE rev. 2.
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.Not applicable
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.The SNI classification is used in most economic surveys, but also in some labour surveys. The surveys use SNI for sampling and presentation of data. The users are found both within and outside Statistics Sweden. The responsibilities for statistical domains are spread amongst different authorities, Statistics Sweden being one institution. There are also other users like e.g. trade associations, researchers etc., which have interest in statistics including SNI. The level the classification is used, differs from the finest level to higher levels. The source for SNI is the Business register at Statistics Sweden, which is based on data from tha national tax authority.
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.)The Business Register exists not only for statistical reasons. In accordance with a decision by the Swedish Parliament in 1963, Statistics Sweden shall maintain a register of enterprises and their establishment and certain related information which any user can get access to by paying for the information. SNI is one of the variables included. The information is sold to end-users as well as to resellers selling company information. This means that the use of information from this register is widely spread into society.

The SNI code is also used by several other institutions as e.g. the Tax Authorities, which use SNI guidance for reduction of certain taxes – e.g. energy taxes.

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?To our knowledge as regards activity classifications, SNI is the classification used for statistical purposes.
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.)SNI 2007 was adopted by Statistics Sweden's Director General in May 2007. SNI 2007 was implemented in the Business Register by January 1, 2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The individual statistical domains implemented SNI 2007 according to the time tables set by for example Eurostat. There were no delays.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No, Statistics Sweden aims at following the NACE and ISIC revision plan
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Standard för svensk näringsgrensindelning 2002 (SNI 2002), Swedish Standard Industrial Classification 2002
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSNI 2002 is based on NACE Rev.1.1.
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))Avdelning (Section) 17 categories
Underavdelning (subsection) 31 categories
Huvudgrupp (Division) 60 categories
Grupp (Group) 223 categories
Undergrupp (Class) 514 categories
Detaljgrupp (Detailed group) 777 categories
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?SNI 2002 was implemented in 2003.
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, at least not to our knowledge.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, they are included in the publication.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes, to NACE/ISIC
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)? 
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist? Yes, but there is a more advanced search tool which is used by staff working with coding SNI. The search tool is available on the Internet and is used not only within Statistics Sweden but also outside - e.g. by the staff assigning codes at the Tax authorities or by enterprises that register themselves at the Tax authorities.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, PDF, TXT and Excel
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 Sweden
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryklassifikationer@scb.se
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/10/2012