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Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose

Country / Area: Switzerland

Classification category: Expenditure 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)Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?German, French, Italian, English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/infothek/erhebungen__quellen/blank/blank/lik/03.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?Type of item #
Main group 12
Product group 87
Expenditure item 225
Variety 1010
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level. 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.COICOP
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)Identical to COICOP-standard on weighted and published level
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.none
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.)HICP aggregations (see Eurostat)
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.Swiss CPI and HICP, National Accounts (Household consumption is published at the main group level), Household Budget Survey
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? 
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.)CPI: May 2000
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.CPI: May 2000
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?HICP: See adaptations proposed by Eurostat
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Swiss CPI Basket, LIK-Warenkorb, panier-type de l’IPC
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))See attachment, CPI basket 1993
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?CPI: December 1982 data exist on COICOP structure
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?CPI: December 1982 / May 1993
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.CPI: No, but former data is recomputed on current structure
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=3186
http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=4267 (in German)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Same structure
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not needed
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?-
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)PDF, XLS
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?-
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationSwiss Federal Statistical Office (Eurostat for the HICP)
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryPrice Section, Federal Statistical Office, Espace de l’Europe 10, 2010 Neuchâtel, http://www.ipc.bfs.admin.ch, lik@bfs.admin.ch
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant-

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/1/2012