Istituto Nazionale di Statistica
Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (Istat) is the Italian
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

 national statistical institute.


Istat was created in 1926 to collect and organize essential data about the nation. Administering the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

 is one of its activities. Since August 4, 2009, Enrico Giovannini
Enrico Giovannini
Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician. Since August 2009 he is President of the Italian Statistical Institute . From January 2001 to July 2009, he was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

, former Chief statistician of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has been the President of the institute.

Since 1989 Istat has also held statutory responsibility for the coordination and standardization of official statistics collected or published under the aegis of the national statistical system SISTAN
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, whose membership includes the statistical offices of ministries, national agencies, regions
Regions of Italy
The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. There are twenty regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes....

, provinces
Provinces of Italy
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, communes
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, chambers of commerce, and similar bodies.

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