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Country Profile of Republic of Serbia

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia
Web address
Position in the government
The Director of the NSO reports to the Government of the Republic of Serbia
Organizational structure and finance
Director manages the Office. Six departments are run by 5 Assistant Directors: National accountsprices and agriculture, Business statistics, Population and field work, ICT and publishing, EU integrations, international cooperation and project management and Statistic department of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.
SORS is fully financed from the state budget.

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia comprises 9 regional divisions in Central Serbia, in the towns of Zajecar, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Valjevo, Leskovac, Nis, Smederevo, Uzice and Sabac. The Office has 5 regional divisions in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in the following towns: Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Pancevo, Sremska Mitrovica and Subotica.
Multi-annual or annual work program
A five-year Programme of statistical surveys which is the basis for an annual Programme
Main duties
The principle activities of the Office are as follows:
- Collecting, processing, analysis and dissemination of statistic data and information,
- Co-ordination of and support to other authorities within the system of official statistics of the Republic of Serbia
- Taking an active part in international statistical cooperation

Every year, the Office carries out around 200 surveys and publishes survey results in 13 editions, at regular press conferences and on the Office’s website.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The Statistical Office was established in 1862 when Prince Mihailo Obrenovic passed an act granting powers to the economic department of the Ministry of Finance concerning all statistical work. This was the beginning of state statistics in Serbia, but historic data suggest there was even earlier collecting of statistical data on tax payers. Since 1824 cattle has been included in statistical surveys as well. Since 1834, regular censuses have been carried out every five years. Since 1843, statistical data on external trade, domestic turnover, prices and wages have been compiled.
Statistical work was done even before the foundation of the national Statistical Office. There were international congresses of statisticians held in the Hague in 1859, in Berlin in 1863 and Florence in 1867, and they were attended by Serbian statisticians as well.
In 1881 the Law on the Organization of Statistics was enacted. In 1882, the Ministry of National Economy assumed responsibility regarding national statistics.
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia has been a member of the International Statistical Institute since its foundation.
The first "State Statistics" of Serbia was printed in 1863.
The results of population census were published in 1863.
The first Statistical Yearbook of the Kingdom of Serbia was published in 1893.
In 1894 the "State Statistics" was published for the last time.
The last Statistical Yearbook of the Kingdom of Serbia was published in 1910. In 1954 a special edition of the Statistical Yearbook of Serbia was re-published.
The State Statistics Directorate was founded in 1919 in the scope of the Ministry of Social Policy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, but a special Statistical Office of Serbia was opened only in 1945.
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia was founded in 1945.

Legal basis
Legal basis
"("Official Gazette of RS ", no. 104/2009

The new Law on official statistics come into force in the course of 2009.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
The list of other producers is defined in Statistics Act:
National Bank of Serbia
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Justice
National Employment Service
Public Revenues Administration of Serbia
Payment Traffic and Financial Supervision Service
Hydro meteorological Office of Serbia
Geodetic Office of Serbia
Health Insurance Office of Serbia
Health Institute of Serbia
Pensions Disablement Insurance Fund

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical Council perceived in new legislation on statistics.

Data collection
Most recent population census
31 March 2002 in Serbia (without Kosovo and Metohia)
Access to administrative data
Existing Law on statistics obligates access to needed administrative data.
Data confidentiality
No individual data are accessible. The new Law on statistics is even more strict in this field.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
Calendar of releases is defined by the new Law on statistics.
Main publications
Bilingual – Serbian and English

Bilingual – Serbian and English (separate versions)


Bilingual – Serbian and English

English (only – gross domestic product, industry, prices, earnings, trade, foreign trade, transport and communications, agriculture, labor force survey)

English (only – household budget survey, graduate students)

English (only – System of National Accounts 1997-1998.)

Bilingual – Serbian and English

Population – 20 books
Agriculture – 3 books
Dwellings – 5 books
English (Population, books 1, 2, 3 and 4)

English (National accounts publications)

Languages of main publications
Serbian, English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Several different formats, including paper publications, compact discs and website
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Researchers are allowed to work with non-identifiable individual data, in cooperation with Office experts.

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