Statistics Norway has the main responsibility for producing and disseminating official statistics on Norwegian society. Official statistics are compiled on an independent basis and aim to be of public interest.
Official statistics are a public good, and are in compliance with the quality requirements of the European guidelines for statistics (Code of Practice). This includes transparency in relation to methods and production procedures, and adherence to national and international statistical standards. The anonymity of individuals and businesses must be maintained in official statistics.
In addition to official statistics, Statistics Norway produces analyses. Other institutions also produce official statistics on some topics, and the quality requirements are the same as for Statistics Norway.