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INSEE and official statistics

Last update: November 2014

INSEE's status

France's National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques: INSEE) is a Directorate General of the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and of the Ministry of Finance and Public Accounts. It is therefore a government agency whose personnel are government employees, although not all belong to the civil service. INSEE operates under government accounting rules: it receives its funding from the State's general budget.

  • Getting to know INSEE: Main goal and missions, legislative framework, INSEE in the European statistical system, brief history, INSEE resources, working at INSEE.
  • Official Statistics: The official statistical system collects the data needed to compile quantitative results. In this capacity, it undertakes censuses and surveys, manages databases, and also draws on administrative sources.
  • Quality at the INSEE: This quality rubric describes the rules, methods and resources that enable official statistics to meet quality requirements as well as possible. Such a description draws direct inspiration from the fifteen principles and related indicators from the European Statistics Code of Practice.
  • French, European and International statistical sites: Statistics production is conducted under a program, which is a "decision" applicable to the Member States. INSEE helps to design and implement multilateral cooperation programs under the aegis of international organisations such as Eurostat, U.N. institutions, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • Management of data collection by Insee and local authorities: this section describes the local data collection activities conducted in partnership between the INSEE and local authorities: population census, registry office data, electoral roll.

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The INSEE and Official Statistics section contains information about the organisation and missions of the INSEE.