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  • Purpose of Establishment
  • “As a central government organization for statistics, the Statistics Korea aims at prompting services of overall planning and coordination of national statistics, establishment of statistical standards, production & distribution of various economic and social statistics, processing & management of statistical information and provision of various statistical data.”
  • 2000~
    • Sep. 25, 2015

      • The Statistics Korea revised and reinforced its organization to cope with changes in statistical environment and provide policy-tailored statistical services through convergence and analysis of linkage between statistical data and other various data.
        • • The Statistics Korea consists of 1 director general, 5 bureaus, 1 deputy director general, 4 officers and 32 divisions in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea operates affiliated agencies including the Statistical Training Institute, the Statistical Research Institute, 5 Regional Offices of Statistics and 34 District Offices of Statistics.
    • March 23, 2013

      • According to the guideline on government reorganization, the team system was abolished. 4 teams were promoted to Spokesperson, Statistical Standards Division, Regional Accounts Statistics Division and Geospational Information Service Division. Performance Management Team and Information Technology Service Team were transferred to Planning and Budgeting Officer and Informatics Planning Division, respectively.
        • The KOSTAT consists of 1 director general, 5 bureaus, 4 officers and 30 divisions in the headquarters. And the KOSTAT operates the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), the Statistical Research Institute (3 divisions), 5 Regional Statistics Offices and 49 Branch Offices.
    • June 2011

      • The KOSTAT strengthens the statistical production system by using administrative data for accurate and timely statistical production. The Administrative Data Policy Division, the Administrative Data Management Division and the Register-based Census Division are newly established. And the KOSTAT reinforces the contingency plans.
        • The KOSTAT consists of 1 general director, 5 bureaus, 4 officers, 26 divisions and 6 teams in the headquarters. And the KOSTAT operates the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), the Statistical Research Institute (3 divisions), 5 Regional Statistics Offices and 49 Branch Offices.
    • Jan. 01, 2010

      • To strengthen the capacity of statistical production, functions were partially adjusted among Survey Management Bureau, Economic Statistics Bureau, Population & Social Statistics Bureau, and Informatics and Service Bureau. As more and more administrative data were used for statistical activities, information security-related responsibilities were reinforced. In addition, some operational problems were improved.
        • KOSTAT consists of 1 general director, 5 bureaus, 4 officers, 23 divisions and 7 teams in the headquarters. And KOSTAT operates the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), the Statistical Research Institute (3 divisions), 5 Regional Statistics Offices and 49 Branch Offices.
    • Nov. 20, 2009

      • Survey items of national statistics were merged to reflect economic reality and survey titles were changed. To improve the functions of statistical education and strengthen the functions of research and development of statistical techniques, human resources would be exchanged and utilized between KOSTAT and two affiliated institutes.
        • KOSTAT consists of 1 general director, 5 bureaus, 4 officers, 23 divisions and 7 teams in the headquarters. And KOSTAT operates the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), the Statistical Research Institute (3 divisions), 5 Regional Statistics Offices and 49 Branch Offices.
    • Feb. 2009

      • The name, location and administration area were changed according to the revision of local statistical organization into the current 5 Local Statistical Offices. Therefore, the Statistics Korea consists of 1 office, 5 bureaus, 4 officers, 23 divisions and 7 teams in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea operates the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), Statistics Research Institute (3 divisions), 5 Local Statistical Offices and 49 Local Branch Offices.
    • Feb. 2008

      • According to the revision of "Government Organization Act", agriculture and fishery statistics production work was transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Therefore, the Agriculture and Fisheries Production Statistics Division was newly founded. The Statistics Korea consists of 1 office, 5 bureaus, 4 officers, 23 divisions and 7 teams in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea has the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), Statistics Research Institute (3 divisions), 12 Local Statistics Offices and 65 Local Branch Offices.
    • Nov. 2007

      • The Survey Management Bureau and the Policy Support Division were newly established. The Statistics Korea is composed of 1 office, 5 bureaus, 5 officers, 27 divisions and 1 unit in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea has the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), Statistics Research Institute (3 divisions), 12 Local Statistics Offices and 35 Local Branch Offices.
    • Feb. 2007

      • The Employment Statistics Team was renamed the Employment Statistics Division. The Statistics Korea consists of 1 office, 4 bureaus, 5 officers, 22 divisions and 1 unit in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea has the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), Statistics Research Institute (3 divisions), 12 Local Statistics Offices and 35 Local Branch Offices.
    • Jan. 2007

      • The Statistics Research Institute was designated as an organization taking charge of itself. The Statistics Korea has 1 office, 4 bureaus, 5 officers, 21 divisions, 1 team and 1 unit in the headquarters. And the Statistics Korea has the Statistical Training Institute (2 divisions), Statistics Research Institute (3 divisions), 12 Local Statistics Offices and 35 Local Branch Offices.
    • Jul. 01, 2006

      • The Statistics Korea founded the Statistics Research Institute to develop and supply new statistics, and established the Audit & Inspection Officer to reinforce auditing function. And the Statistics Korea introduced the high-ranking official pool.
    • Jul. 22, 2005

      • The NSO1) was upgraded to the deputy ministerial level. The 4th graded local branch offices were renamed the Local Statistics Offices with a view to continuing innovation works of national statistics and reinforcing the functions such as mid-term financial planning, coordination & quality management of national statistics, and support of regional statistics. The NSO1) had 1 office, 4 bureaus, 3 officers, 20 divisions, 3 teams and 1 unit in the headquarters. And the NSO1) had 1 training institute (2 divisions), 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices.
    • Jul. 01, 2005

      • The NSO 1) reinforced the functions related to statistical policies, statistical geographic information and supporting the development of regional statistics for the purpose of reinforcing national statistical infrastructure and reforming statistical activities. (4 bureaus, 20 divisions, 2 teams and 1 unit in the headquarters) And the NSO1) had 1 training institute (2 divisions), 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices.
    • Jan. 01, 2005

      • The Statistical Training Institute was newly set up aiming at training NSO1) personnel on innovation works and nurturing statistical experts. The Statistical Training Institute consisted of the Training Planning Division and Training Management Division. (4 bureaus, 20 divisions, 1 training institute, 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices)
    • Mar. 22, 2004

      • The Reform & Personnel Division was newly established within the Statistical Planning Bureau and the Planning Division was abolished.
    • Mar. 04, 2004

      • The Statistical Research & Development Division (15 officials) was newly established within the Statistical Planning Bureau, and the International Statistics Division was renamed the International Statistical Cooperation Division. (4 bureaus, 20 divisions, 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices)
    • Dec. 30, 2002

      • Transferred the production of fishery statistics to Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
    • Dec. 30, 2000

      • Designated Chungnam Statistics Office as the organization in charge of operation
    • Feb. 28, 2000

      • Able to appoint Bureau Director of Statistical Information Service Bureau on contract
  • 1990 ~1999
    • May 24, 1999

      • The Division of Statistical Development in the Bureau of Statistical Planning was abolished. The Division of Service Industry Statistics was newly established within the Bureau of Economic Statistics, and the Division of Trade & Price Statistics was renamed as the Division of Price Statistics. (4 bureaus, 19 divisions, 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices)
    • Jan. 01, 1999

      • The Statistical Training Center was abolished. The Division of Statistical Research was renamed as the Division of Statistical Development and transferred to the Bureau of Statistical Planning. (4 bureaus, 19 divisions, 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices)
    • Jul. 01, 1998

      • National Statistical Office
        • The Division of Agricultural & Fishery Statistics was newly made inside the Bureau of Social Statistics and 26 branch offices were newly launched.
    • Feb. 28, 1998

      • The Bureau of Statistical Survey was divided into 2 Bureaus of Economical Statistics and Social Statistics. The Bureau of Data Management was renamed as the Bureau of Statistical Information, and the Division of Application Development was newly established. Meanwhile the position of Computing Administrator was abolished. (4 bureaus, 1 training center, 20 divisions, 12 local statistics offices and 35 sub-local branch offices)
    • Sep. 24, 1996

      • The Statistical Examiner was newly made and the Division of Population Statistics was divided into 2 Divisions of Population Census and Vital Statistics. Also, the Division of Statistical Research was newly established in the Statistical Training Center. The Divisions of General Affairs and Educational Affairs were integrated into the Division of Statistical Affairs in the Statistical Training Center. (3 bureaus, 1 inquiry commissioner, 1 statistical training center, 18 divisions, 1 administrator, 12 local statistics offices and 9 sub-local branch offices)
    • Aug. 12, 1995

      • National Statistical Office (branch offices in Suncheon, Pohang, Gumi, Jinju and Cheonan)
    • Feb. 08, 1995

      • National Statistical Office (Sub-local branch offices in Suncheon, Pohang, Gumi, Jinju and Cheonan)
    • Sep. 13, 1991

      • The NSO1) consisted of 3 bureaus, 14 divisions, 11 local statistics offices and 5 sub-local branch offices.
    • Dec. 27, 1990

      • The National Bureau of Statistics was enlarged and renamed as the National Statistical Office (NSO1) ). The NSO1) included 3 bureaus, 14 divisions, 11 local statistics offices and 5 sub-local branch offices.
  • 1940 ~1989
    • Aug. 14, 1975

      • National Bureau of Statistics, Economic Planning Board(3 officers and 10 divisions/ 8 local statistics offices in Gyeonggi, Gangwon province, etc.)
    • Dec. 16, 1963

      • National Bureau of Statistics, Economic Planning Board
        • On the 16th of December 1963, the Bureau of Statistics was renamed as the National Bureau of Statistics (NBOS). At the same time, the NBOS - now as an external bureau of the EPB - was restructured into the 4 Divisions of Statistical Planning, Statistical Standards, Population Statistics, and Economic Statistics.
    • Jul. 22, 1961

      • Bureau of Statistics under the Ministry of Economic Planning Board
        • The Bureau of Statistics was relocated to the EPB from the Ministry of Home Affairs. On the 29th of June 1962, the Division of Survey and Analysis was newly established
    • Feb. 17, 1955

      • Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Home Affairs
        • The organization of the Bureau was reshuffled into 3 Divisions of Planning, Population Census and Vital Statistics (400 officials).
    • Nov. 06, 1948

      • Bureau of Statistics, Government Information Agency
        • The Bureau was composed of 1,000 officials in one office and 4 divisions such as General Affairs, Planning, Population Census and Vital Statistics Division.
        • Presidential decree No. 39 of『the 1st Population Census Enforcement Ordinance』on the 13th of Dec. 1948 was the first official order for statistical policy.
  • 1) The National Statistical Office of Korea was renamed as Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) on July 6, 2009.
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