The National Statistics Office came into existence in March 1947. Official statistics, however, had been compiled and published for several years. In 1872, an official publication called The Malta Blue Book featured a statistical view of Malta and its Dependencies from 1863 to 1872, covering the relevant statistic for population, education, finance, and trade, among others. One of the primary volumes of The Blue Book of the Colony of Malta was published in 1851 and included a statistical abstract on population.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) is the executive arm of the Malta Statistics Authority. It’s to blame for gathering, compiling, analyzing and publishing a good range of statistical information and related matters. This doesn’t prevent other government departments or institutions from collecting their statistical data for internal purposes.
Information provided to the NSO is treated as confidential. This information is employed solely within the compilation of statistical reports. No information on individual returns is given to any external public or private entity.
The NSO and its activities are governed by the Malta Statistics Authority Act, of 2000
– Independence- Produce statistics and analyzes that are free from external influence.
– Objectivity- Present a real and factual picture of economic and social spheres through our statistics.
– Dependability- Commits ourselves to provide quality statistics and nurture our reliability by delivering on expectations of the public sector, the community and civil society.
– Honesty – Stand firm by what’s right, being truthful, open, clear and coherent.