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Allgemeine Systematik der Wirtschaftszweige / Nomenclature générale des activités économiques / Nomenclatura generale delle attività economiche
(NOGA 2008)

Country / Area: Switzerland

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)Allgemeine Systematik der Wirtschaftszweige 2008 (NOGA 2008), Nomenclature générale des activités économiques 2008 (NOGA 2008), Nomenclatura generale delle attività economiche 2008 (NOGA 2008), General Classification of Economic Activities 2008 (NOGA 2008)
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/en/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/ noga0/vue_d_ensemble.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?
1st level1 capital letterSection21
2nd level2 digitsDivision88
3rd level3 digitsGroup272
4th level4 digitsClass615
5th level6 digitsType794

The first level is not utilised directly for coding activities. It permits the subdivision of economic.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
1st levelCManufacturing
2nd level26Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
3rd level265Manufacture of instruments and appliances for measuring, testing and navigation; watches and clocks
4th level2652Manufacture of watches and clocks
5th level265203Manufacture and assembly of watch movements
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.NOGA is derived from NACE.
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)NOGA 2008 is compatible with NACE Rev. 2 up to level 4. Level 5 (type), consisting of two digits, takes account of Swiss specificities.
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.The NOGA is in full compliance with NACE. An additional level to NACE has been created to take into account in more detail the Swiss specifities.
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.)International comparison with European data using NACE is possible up to the 4-digit level. International comparison with data using ISIC is possible up to the 2-digit level. At the 2-digit level comparison with data using a classification related to ISIC is possible as far as correspondence tables are available.
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.For surveys: use of NOGA at type, class, group and division level
For publishing: Mostly at section, division or group level
For international reporting: Mostly at division 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.)The NOGA is a variable in the business register of the Federal Statistical Office and therefore maintained and used only to this end. However, individual inquiries indicate the use of NOGA for clearly non-statistical purposes in public administration as well as in the private economy, as for example the calculation of risk premiums by insurance agencies.
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?No alternative classification is known.
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.)01.01.2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.NOGA is used in over 30 statistical programmes. Table 5b is still in completion process. The complete table can be delivered after completion at request.

Table 5b: Date of NOGA2008 use for individual statistical programmes

Name of statistical programmeDate of transition
Construction Industry Production, Orders and Turnover Statistics (BAPAU)2010
Industry Production, Orders and Turnover Statistics (INDPAU)2011Q4
Retail Trade Turnover Statistics (DHU)2009
Turnover Statistics on “Other services” (DLU)2011Q1
National accounts2009
Structural Business Statistics2011
Annual enterprise statistics on environmental protection expenditure for the industry2010
Continuing Vocational Tranining Survey (CVTS)2012
Adult Ecucation Survey2011

5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?The revision of NOGA will follow official schedule of NACE or ISIC revision.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Allgemeine Systematik der Wirtschaftszweige 2002 (NOGA 2002), Nomenclature générale des activités économiques 2002 (NOGA 2002), Nomenclatura generale delle attività economiche 2002 (NOGA 2002), General Classification of Economic Activities 2002 (NOGA 2002)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNOGA 2002 is compatible with NACE Rev.1.1 up to level 4. Level 5 (type), consisting of two digits, takes account of Swiss specificities.
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))
1st level1 capital letterSection17
Intermediate level2 capital lettersSubcection31
2nd level2 digitsDivision62
3rd level3 digitsGroup224
4th level4 digitsClass514
5th level4 digits and 1 capital letterType724
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?01.01.2003
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.As in 5b the table is still in completion process. No data collection according to the former classification is known. But some statistical programmes haven’t implemented NOGA 2008 yet because the statistical programme itself is newly implemented or the transition is planned for the next period.

Table 5i: Examples of statistical programmes using NOGA2002

Name of statistical programmeDate of transition
Environmental Expenditure and RevenuesPlanned (no date)
Air emissions accountPlanned (no date)
EnergyPlanned (no date)

Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?NOGA is derived from NACE. Therefore, no correspondence table to NACE nor ISIC is necessary.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No alternative classifications are known.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes.
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, Excel, CSV, XML, SDMX
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 classificationFederal Statistical Office, Espace de l'Europe 10, 2010 Neuchâtel / Switzerland
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryhttp://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/blank/blank/noga0/vue_d_ensemble.html
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant-

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/9/2012