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(NOGA 2008)

Country / Area: Switzerland

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The four levels of NACE Rev. 2 have been taken over unchanged and a fifth level (“type”) which takes into account details that reflect the Swiss reality has been added.
The first two levels of the NOGA are compatible with the ISIC Rev. 4..
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?794
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Swiss Federal Statistical Office
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)Esther Nagy ; +41 32 713 66 72 ; esther.nagy@bfs.admin.ch
Sandrine Maor-Matthey ; +41 32 713 65 23 ;
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.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index.html
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.)01.01.2008
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 Federal Authorities and other institutions that are concerned by the Federal Statistics Act of 9 October 1992 (FStatA)
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.)Swiss Survey of New Companies (SSNC)
Business Census 2008
SBS and STS statistics will be revised starting in 2008/2009 according to the EUROSTAT implementation plan (implementation in National Accounts by 2011)
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, French, Italian, English
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
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSome difficulties in the interpretation of certain codes occurred as well as some uncertainties regarding coherency between the classifications CPC-CPA-ISIC-NACE
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Tax offices
Social security
Insurance companies
Banking institutions
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Nomenclature générale des activités économiques (NOGA 2002)
Allgemeine Systematik der Wirtschaftszweige (NOGA 2002)
Nomenclatura generale delle attività economiche (NOGA 2002)
General Classification of Economic Activities (NOGA 2002)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?NACE Rev. 1
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?5 levels
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?724
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?01.01.2002
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationeconomic statistics
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryGeneral Classification of Economic Activities (NOGA 2008)

Source: UN questionnaire, 7/10/2008