The official statistics is a relatively new discipline and is still fighting for the recognition. The scholarly textbooks and the study programmes in official statistics are thus relatively rare. Official statistics, however, ‘no longer have a monopoly over statistical information production. This is especially true in the field of ICT statistics where there is a huge demand for rapid IT market information.’ (Jeskanen-Sundstroem, 2001) Official statistics is increasingly based on administrative data collected by different government agencies. In addition, data is collected in separate surveys and censuses about social relations that are not registered in any other way. Resource limitations for statistical inquiries, lead to data collection based on surveying a selection of individuals from the total population or organizations under inquiry.
The different fields of official statistics for example include: population and social statistics, economic statistics, price statistics, regional and urban statistics, economic and social statistics, tourism statistics, etc.