Instructions for the Committee for official statistics

The Committee for Official Statistics was appointed by the Ministry of Finance pursuant to section 6 (2) of Act no. 32 of 21 June 2019 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway (Statistics Act).

The tasks and responsibilities of the Committee are stipulated in these instructions.

Chapter 1. Purpose and organisation

a)  The Committee shall contribute to an expedient and effective national statistical system, cf. sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Statistics Act.

 b)  The Committee is chaired by Statistics Norway, which also serves as the Committee’s secretariat.

 c)  Participating organisations shall cover their own expenses in connection with participation in the Committee.

 Chapter 2. Tasks of the Committee

a)  The Committee is an advisory body that shall assist Statistics Norway in preparing a proposal for a multi-year national statistics programme. The Committee shall contribute to the coordination and development of official statistics and advise on the production and dissemination of statistics. The Committee shall focus on user needs and cost-effective statistics production.

 b)  The Committee shall provide input on which statistical areas are to be included in the programme and which authorities are responsible for the statistics. Statistics Norway is responsible for submitting the proposal for a national statistics programme to the Ministry of Finance.

 c)  The Committee shall help to assess any financial consequences resulting from the proposal for a new statistics programme as a whole and for individual areas of the programme. If the proposal triggers the need for additional appropriations in connection with the national budget, this must be dealt with by participating organisations during the ordinary budget process.

 d)  The Committee shall also deal with other matters related to the programme, such as the annual update of the detailed overview of statistics.

 e)  The Committee shall assist Statistics Norway in its work on the annual official report on the quality of official statistics according to guidelines issued by Statistics Norway.

 f)  The Committee shall advise and support the producers of official statistics on statistical matters.

 g)  The Committee shall further develop the statistical system and the official statistics through exchanging experiences and developing competence on new data sources and solutions for the production and dissemination of statistics and sharing of data.

 h)  The Committee shall help to coordinate Norway’s international statistics obligations and statistical cooperation.

 Chapter 3. Notice of meeting and meeting papers

a)  The committee shall meet at least twice a year and as otherwise required. In addition, sector-specific meetings may be held with parts of the Committee in order to prepare the programme.

 b)  Statistics Norway shall convene Committee meetings.

 c)  Statistics Norway shall convene a meeting when this has been requested by three or more participating organisations.

 d)  The notice of meeting shall be in writing, and shall, as a rule, be sent out at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.

 e)  All relevant meeting papers must, as a rule, be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.

 f)  Statistics Norway shall prepare draft minutes of all meetings, and distribute these to participants for comments. A copy of the final minutes shall be sent to all members and the Ministry of Finance.


These instructions are applicable from 1 November 2019.


Members in the Committee for official statistics

27 institutions are members of the Committee.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration

The Brønnøysund Register Centre (Norwegian)

The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs

The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The Norwegian Directorate of Health

The Norwegian State Housing Bank

The Norwegian Mapping Authority

The Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service

Arts and Culture Norway

The Norwegian Coastal Administration

Norwegian Agriculture Agency (Norwegian)

The Norwegian Environment Agency

The Norwegian Communications Authority

The Research Council of Norway

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate

The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The National Police Directorate

The Norwegian Tax Administration

The National Institute of Occupational Health in Norway

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Statistics Norway

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration