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A company register is a register of organizations in the jurisdiction they operate under.
A statistical business register has a different purpose than a company register. While a commercial/trade register serves a purpose of protection, accountability and control, a statistical register plays a central part in a system of official economic statistics at a national statistics office.
Company registers in the world
Each country's company register has different registrar types, contents, purpose, and public availability.
A registrar is a public authority responsible for managing the registry of companies. A companies registry can be managed by courts (Germany, Austria, Hungary), government offices (United Kingdom, Ukraine), or chambers of commerce (Italy).
According to ratings published by the website OpenCorporates, Denmark and United Kingdom are the leaders with regard to openness of information available in a company's register. Registries/registrars in these countries are named, correspondingly, Central Business Register and Companies House.
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