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Country / Area: Estonia

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?There are no deviations from the international standard.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.
Four first digits of the EMTAK conform to the lowest four-digit level of NACE. One national level has been added and therefore EMTAK has five digits.
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?Number of items at the fifth level is1020
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level. As the structure of the national and the international classification is identical, no conversion tables are necessary.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Ministry of Justice of Estonia
Centre of Registers
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)Vesta Laansoo, Manager of Classification Development
Tel. (+372) 6803175,
e-mail: vestal@eer.ee
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.Address: Lõkke street 4, 19081 Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: (+372) 680 3160
e-mail : eer@eer.ee
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 Statistical Office of Estonia has implemented it since 01.01.1997
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.Direct plans for revision or update are concerned with the new NACE 2007 operation.
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.It is used in most surveys of the Statistical Office of Estonia and in other registers.
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.)In most surveys of the Statistical Office of Estonia
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?The data published by the Statistical Office of Estonia concerning economic activities. Number of levels depends on the purpose of surveys and problems of confidentiality
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.)It is published in Estonian.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.It is available in electronic form
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
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsProblems have occurred in specifying the exact activity of the new companies. Units are not able to give so detailed information that we could classify them up to the 4th level.
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))International workshops that took place before Estonia joined the EU were very useful and we would very much like to take part in such workshops in the future as well.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?The main users of the classification are: Centre of Registers, different state units, banks, etc.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No
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?Eesti rahvamajanduse tegevusalade klassifikaator (ERTAK) Estonian Classification of All Economic Activities
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ISIC Rev.3
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?6 levels
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Number of items at the most detailed level is 1955
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, published in EMTAK, both from EMTAK to ERTAK and to ISIC Rev.3
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?01.03.1990
Contact information
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryEstonian Classification of Economic Activities

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/21/2004