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National Classifications

(WZ 2003)

Country / Area: Germany

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)-----
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Divisions 96 and 97 of ISIC Rev. 3.1 have not been adopted.
Different coding for two classes (compared with NACE Rev. 1.1).
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.NACE Rev. 1.1 has been extended by one national level (5-digit subclasses). In NACE Rev. 1.1 the 3-digit and 4-digit groups and classes of ISIC Rev. 3.1 have sometimes been subdivided with differing codes.
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?1041
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Conversion table to NACE Rev. 1.1 implicitly included (except the two classes which have been coded in a different way: ISIC 5239 = NACE 52.48 = WZ 52.48 + 52.49 / ISIC 6420 = NACE 64.20 = WZ 64.30).
Conversion table to ISIC Rev. 3.1 exists.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistisches Bundesamt (Federal Statistical Office), Wiesbaden
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)Matthias Greulich,
Phone: ++49 611 75 2280
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.http://www.destatis.de
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.)2003
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.Revised national classification (WZ) based on a revised ISIC (Operation 2007). Implementation planned for 2010.
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.All official statistical surveys about economic activities, e.g. statistics on manufacturing, trade, hotels and restaurants , transport, business and personal services, wages and salaries, taxes, insolvencies, cost structure, national accounts, enterprise registration. Used also by Federal Employment Services and National Bank for statistical purpose.
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.)Number of enterprises and local units, number of employees, turnover.
In production statistics: investment. In National Accounts: Value added. In cost structure surveys: Share of certain components of costs. In tax surveys: Amount of 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?See above.
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.)German
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes (based on the explanatory notes of NACE Rev. 1.1)
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))-----
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Ministry of Finance / Ministry of Economic Affaires / Ministry of Labour; authorities of that kind on a lower or on a regional level.
Used for decisions on subventions, differentiation in taxation, enterprise registration, employment registration, checking of enterprises by tax authorities.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?-----
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.-----
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Klassifikation der Wirtschaftszweige, Ausgabe 1993 (WZ 93)
Classification of Economic Activities, edition 1993
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Statistical Classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 1), which is based on the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC Rev. 3).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?NACE Rev. 1 has been extended by one national level (5-digit subclasses). In NACE Rev. 1 the 3-digit and 4-digit groups and classes of ISIC Rev. 3 have sometimes been subdivided with differing codes.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?1062
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?First implementation 1993, in general 1995.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationSee No 15 (for surveys which refer to years before 2003).
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryClassification of Economic Activities, edition 2003.

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003