The Statistical Office doesn't understand itself as a bureaucratic authority, but as a modern service institution. Consumer orientation is a matter of course, so that we offer individual advice and help. Our friendly employees like to take time to help you with any question you may have.
We establish our statistics to provide necessary decision making basics for managers, business people and politicians. Our statistics are used by students, scientists, private persons and also journalists.
In a sophisticated national economy with complex social and economic structures or effect mechanisms data and facts of high quality are inalienable to the watching and evaluation of developments in society, state and economy. In spite of the complexity of our modern national economy people expect, that it functions frictionless:
The official statistics offer the background data basis for decision makers, to carry there business away from crisis. Without statistics our social state would not be able to plan and strike the balance. All interested persons have by means of the comprehensive web page of the Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt an easy and quick access to the results.
The official statistics in Germany is obliged to the principles of the scientific independance, neutrality and objectivity. Official statistics are provided, evaluated and published regardless of external influencing control.
The source of data is multiple. Some statistics can be put together with help from other departments, for example the data of population come from the registration office. Interviewers find out "on side" prices of products and services for private use. The results of this census are published monthly by the Statistical Office of the State of Hesse. After all states - there are 16 in the Federal Republic of Germany - finish their census, they send in their results to the Central Statistical Office (also located in Wiesbaden, Germany) where they will comprehend results and publish the cost of living index in the Federal Republic of Germany.
In many statistics it is necessary, that citizens help and provide information. For example, only when enterprises and factories routinely send in a questionnaire on time, we are capable to document orders and production, which are basic informations for every economy.
The Statistical Offices collect data of many kinds always with such a methodical technique, so that the providers have a very small workload. For instance, for the annual report of the social and economic state of our citizens in this country we question only one percent of all households. This random survey is called "micro census". To have a look at the entire society and to make sure, that our information of data is correct, we must get some basic information from time to time. So we include all citizens about every 10 years in a (overall) census.
A census or a random survey only makes sense for the statistics, when all selected informants cooperate and send in their information. Therefore the legislator requires the duty of information.
By the way, all information is handled extremely careful and is classified information. This confidential information is not passed on, not even to other government offices, for example the revenue office. All statistical results are anonymous. The data is only published in a summarized version, so there will be no particular data recognized.
The statistical office of the State of Hesse has been given guidelines by the law on the way to gather and collect data. Mostly they are ordered by the Federal State or the European Union.
The Official Statistics has set an important legal basis for the statistic law. The Hesse State statistic law regulates the carrying-out ordinance of the statistics and the cooperation of the districts to carry out the European Union-, Federal State- and State statistics.
Our Office publishes statistical data not only for the State of Hesse, but also for the communities, districts and cities. Random tests are usually granted only for the entire State of Hesse.