Hellenic Statistical Authority

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The Hellenic Statistical Authority (Greek: Ελληνική Στατιστική Αρχή, IPA: [eliniˈci statistiˈci arˈçi]), mostly known by its acronym ELSTAT (Greek: ΕΛ.ΣΤΑΤ.), is an independent and autonomous authority in Greece that deals with the collection of data on behalf of the state.[1] Prior to 2010, ELSTAT was a non-autonomous service of the Greek state known as the National Statistical Service of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Στατιστική Υπηρεσία).[1][2]

The primary user of the Hellenic Statistical Authority is the Greek state. However, the Authority is also used by international organizations such as the European Commission (Eurostat) and others.[1]

The Hellenic Statistical Authority collects data which concern population, employment and unemployment, tourism and the economy, industry, as well as data concerning health and social insurance, education and others.[1] Prior to becoming an independent authority, ELSTAT was involved in a number of scandals involving false statistics regarding the condition of the Greek economy in recent years.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Presentation". Hellenic Statistical Authority. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Στον ΑΠ τα ψευδή στοιχεία που εστάλησαν στη Eurostat" (in Greek). Retrieved 3 July 2011. 

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