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Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers

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To provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences and the conduct of joint work related to the development, maintenance and use of business registers. The group's work supports a more integrated approach to structural economic statistics and addresses new, globalization-related analytical needs. It is engaged with contemporary and emerging issues in the development and use of business registers. In particular, the Wiesbaden Group tackles forward-looking matters and identifies new challenges concerning business registers in the wider sense. The group analyses the changing nature and roles of the business register as the backbone of business statistics and a source of statistical data in its own right.

Year organized


Points of contact

Hank Hermans
Chair, the Steering Group of the Wiesbaden Group
Deputy Director Economic and Business Statistics and National Accounts
Statistics Netherlands
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Experts in statistical business registers from countries and regional and international organizations. Among the countries that have been represented at the Wiesbaden group meetings are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, TFYR of Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, African Union Commission, European Central Bank, Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Wiesbaden group has a steering group which currently includes: France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Eurostat, OECD, UNECE and UNSD.


28th meeting: 2-6 October 2023. Hosted and organized by Statistics Netherlands
27th meeting: 20-23 September 2021. Hosted and organized by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) of Mexico
26th Meeting: 24-27 September 2018. Hosted and organized by the Federal Statistics Office of Switzerland
25th Meeting: 8-11 November 2016. Hosted and organized by the Statistics Bureau of Japan, Government of Japan
24th Meeting: 15-18 September 2014. Hosted and organized by Statistics Austria
23rd Meeting: 17-21 September 2012. Hosted and organized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the U.S. Census Bureau (CB)
Previous meetings - available at

Topics considered

  • Innovation in Statistical Business Registers
  • Integrated Statistical Register Systems
  • Administrative Data
  • New Data Sources
  • Profiling and Globalisation
  • Quality and Coverage of Statistical Business Registers
  • Output of Statistical Business Registers

Planned activities:

The 28th meeting of the Wiesbaden group will take place from 2-6 October 2023 in the Hauge, The Netherlands

Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission

Last updated 7 September 2023