For researchers

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS) enables researchers to access data for the purpose of research and analysis, i.e. to all data collected with statistical surveys planned in the current annual programme of statistical surveys (LPSR). SURS also enables researchers to access data produced by other authorised producers of national statistics and to access data that researchers transmit to SURS with the purpose of linking them in a secure environment.


Researchers can use the data in the following ways:

  • - Access in SURS's secure room
  • - Remote access via the internet
  • - Using statistically protected microdata on a portable medium

For researcher's access to data in the secure room or via remote access, SURS prepares individual microdata databases by removing identifiers that could with large probabiltiy disclose the observed unit. On a portable medium, researchers receive only statistically protected microdata that are the result of some statistical surveys conducted on a small sample.


In addition, SURS can also transmit to registered scientific and research organisations and to registered researchers a limited set of individual data that they need for conducting surveys (name and family name, residence, year of birth, sex and occupation) but only in the form of a so-called sample of persons.


Researchers can also access methodological explanations and questionnaires for individual statistical surveys conducted by SURS. Selected examples of research analyses on national statistics are available on the website.


Individual data collected by national statistics for statistical processing are strictly confidential and can be used exclusively for statistical purposes, irrespective of whether they refer to natural or legal persons. Therefore, they have to be handled very carefully and responsibly, and any enabling of access to such data to researchers must be in line with National Statistics Act.
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Information on data access

Nataša Zidar
User Support Section
T: +386 1 241 52 80
E: raziskovalci.surs@gov.si
Polona Štrekelj
Data Protection Committee
T: +386 1 241 64 51
E: polonca.strekelj@gov.si
Procedures and rules for granting access to data for research and analysis

SURS enables data access to researchers for two purposes:

  • For statistical analyses
  • For scientific research

The right of data access can be obtained by:

  • Registered research institutions
  • Registered researchers
  • Analysts employed in the general government sector

For obtaining data access, researchers fill in the Form for obtaining microdata; they enter information on the statistical analysis or research, on the desired data, and on researchers that will access the data. Requests are handled by SURS's Data Protection Commitee.

Cooperations and partners

In regulating data access for researchers, SURS cooperates with the Social Science Data Archives (ADP), the central data centre of social science data, and some other institutions (e.g. University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics) that are addition to SURS authorised procedures of national statistics.

In providing data for scientific research, SURS also cooperates with the international community, particularly in the EU as a member of the European Statistical System (ESS) and wider (in the OECD and the UN). As a member of the ESS, SURS cooperates in so-called working groups preparing legislation and professional and technical solutions regarding microdata. Such cooperation is an opportunity to obtain new knowledge and experience from this area and expanding own good practice.

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