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Baltic-Nordic-Ukrainian Network on Survey Statistics



The aim of the Network is long-term co-operation on education and research in survey statistics by exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas. Efforts are made to strengthen contacts between university teachers, students, researchers and practitioners, between academic institutions and national statistical agencies. The Network also tries to promote interest among students and to motivate them to choose their professional career as survey statistician.

Sample surveys are essential tools in a modern society to provide accurate information to politicians, businesses and the general public about living conditions and opinions. The creation and development of teaching and research capacity in universities is crucial for the establishment of good survey practice in government agencies and other sectors of the society.

University teachers in transition countries have the potential to learn new methodology based on scientific theory much easier and better than employees in public administration who were trained for other tasks during their university studies, sometimes long ago. The university training of new students and subsequent recruitment of them by public and private employers can most effectively transfer new knowledge to good practice in the society. Continued contact with such former students now working with statistical surveys in the public and private sectors is also an essential feature of the activities of the Network.

The target groups of planned activities are therefore four:

  1. university teachers in statistics who want to learn and teach survey statistics and to become specialists in this field,
  2. university students taking courses in survey statistics and writing project and examination papers in this field,
  3. research students who want to specialize in survey statistics on the Master or Ph.D. level,
  4. former students trained in survey statistics who are employed in statistical agencies or other public or private places of work.


The Network has eight official partners in six countries:

The activities involve additional universities and research institutes as well as national statistical agencies, particularly

and national statistical associations

  • Estonian Statistical Society
  • Finnish Statistical Society
  • Latvian Statistical Society
  • Lithuanian Statistical Society
  • Swedish Statistical Association

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Network is responsible for the planning and evaluation of Network activities. It has eight members:

  • Danute Krapavickaite, Lithuania
  • Gunnar Kulldorff, Sweden
  • Janis Lapins, Latvia
  • Risto Lehtonen, Finland
  • Aleksandras Plikusas, Lithuania
  • Daniel Thorburn, Sweden
  • Imbi Traat, Estonia
  • Olga Vasylyk, Ukraine


  • The Nordplus Neighbour Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers
    [Financial support 2007/08: 120.000 NOK]
  • The Visby Programme of the Swedish Institute
    [Financial support 2007/08: 150.000 SEK]
  • The partner institutions


Survey statistics has a long history in the Nordic countries in university education, research and practice. The Baltic countries and Ukraine belonged to the Soviet Union until 1991 and started to develop survey statistics only after their independence.

Co-operation between Baltic and Nordic countries in the field of survey statistics began in 1992 between universities as well as statistical agencies. A Baltic-Nordic network for co-operation on education and research in survey statistics has grown continuously since 1996 to include six partner universities in Estonia , Finland , Latvia , Lithuania and Sweden : the Universities of Helsinki, Latvia, Stockholm , Tartu , Umea and Vilnius . The activities have involved additional universities in the five countries as well as the five national statistical agencies and the five national statistical associations.

More than 100 month-long exchange visits have been made by university teachers, research students and government statisticians in Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania and Ukraine to partner universities in Finland and Sweden .

Annual conferences or workshops have been arranged by the Baltic-Nordic network on survey statistics since 1997:

  • Summer School in Tartu, Estonia , June 26 July 2, 1997 with 49 participants
  • Workshop in Jurmala, Latvia , May 24-27, 1998 with 27 participants
  • Workshop in Palanga, Lithuania , May 27 June 1, 1999 with 27 participants
  • Workshop in Parnu, Estonia , June 18-22, 2000 with 30 participants
  • Workshop in Jurmala, Latvia , May 25-30, 2001 with 29 participants
  • Conference in Ammarnas, Sweden , August 17-23, 2002 with 74 participants
  • Workshop in Palanga, Lithuania , May 28 June 2, 2003 with 37 participants
  • Workshop in Tartu, Estonia , June 18-22, 2004 with 40 participants
  • Workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania , June 17-21, 2005 with 42 participants
  • Workshop in Ventspils, Latvia , August 24-28, 2006 with 34 participants
  • Conference in Kuusamo, Finland , June 2-7, 2007 with 74 participants
  • Workshop in Kuressaare, Estonia, August 25 - 29, 2008, with 49 participants

Current Activities

Exchange visits by teachers, researchers and research students from one partner to another, normally for one month.

Co-operation with other universities, research institutes, government agencies and statistical associations.

Annual meetings in a participating country workshops, conferences and summer schools.

Intensive courses in specialized areas.

Summer School 2009

The Network will arrange a Summer School on Survey Statistics on August 23-27, 2009 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with about 50 invited participants.

Information is available on the website http://probability.univ.kiev.ua/school09/.

Related Events 2009

ITACOSM09 - First Italian Conference on Survey Methodology will be held on June 10-12, 2009, in Siena, Italy.

RRC09 - Rhine River Cruise - Recent Advances in Small Area Statistics will be held on June 22-23, 2009, at the Upper Middle Rhine World Heritage, Germany.

Workshop on survey sampling in honour of Jean Claude Deville will be held on June 24-26, 2009, in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

SAE2009 - Conference on Small Area Estimation will be held on June 29-July 1, 2009, in Elche, Spain.

The 6th Conference on Survey Sampling in Economic and Social Research will be held on September 21-22 in Katowice, Poland.

An ECAS course on Measurement Errors in Surveys will be held on September 21-25 in Arild, Sweden.


The workshops and conferences arranged by the Network 1998-2008 have published booklets with programme, abstracts, papers and list of participants.

Three textbooks on survey statistics have been written by members of the Steering Committee:

  • Imbi Traat and Jaano Inno (1997): Toenaosuslik Valikuuring , 211 pages (in Estonian)
  • Risto Lehtonen and Erkki Pahkinen (2004): Practical Methods for Design and Analysis of Complex Surveys , 349 pages (second edition)
  • Danute Krapavickaite and Aleksandras Plikusas (2006): Imciu Teorijos Pagrindai , 312 pages (in Lithuanian)

13 doctoral dissertations on survey statistics have been written by participants in Network summer school and workshops:

  • Nibia Aires (2000): Techniques to calculate exact inclusion probabilities for conditional Poisson sampling and Pareto ?ps sampling designs
  • Per Gosta Andersson (2001): Improving estimation quality in large sample surveys
  • Signe B a li n a (2002): Estimation of the accuracy in the Latvian Household Budget Survey and recommendations for improvements
  • Michael Carlson (2003): Some contributions to statistical disclosure control
  • Anders Holmberg (2003): Essays on model assisted survey planning
  • Annica Isaksson (2003): Survey models for a vehicle speed survey
  • Pauli Ollila (2004): A theoretical overview for variance estimation in sampling theory with some new techniques for complex estimators
  • Kadri Meister (2005): On methods for real time sampling and distributions in sampling
  • Boris Lorenc (2006): Two topics in survey methodology
  • Peter Lundquist (2006): Estimating interviewer effects in sample surveys: Some contributions
  • Jurgita Turkuvien e (2006): Analysis of the distributions of finite population statistics
  • Mikko Myrskyla (2007): Generalized regression estimation for domain class frequencies: Accuracy and variance estimation
  • Kaja Sostra (2007): Restriction estimator for domains

60 Bachelor theses and 40 Master theses on survey statistics have been written in Baltic universities 1995 2006.

Useful Links

Survey Statistics in Ukraine

The National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv joined the Network on July 1, 2007. The contact person is Olga Vasylyk, Department of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics.

The following visitors from Ukraine to the University of Umea in Sweden have specialized in survey statistics during their visits:

  • Vladimir Donchenko 1994 (6 weeks)
  • Victoria Parkhomenko 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 (8 months)
  • Olga Vasylyk 1999 (1 month)
  • Oleksandr Chernyak 1999 (1 week)
  • Tetyana Yakovenko 2007, 2008, 2009 (4 months)
  • Nataliia Kovalova 2008 (1 month)
  • Artem Shcherbina 2008, 2009 (2 months)
  • Oksana Honchar 2008 (1 month)
  • Tetiana Fedorianych 2009 (1 month)
  • Yuliya Mishura 2009 (2 weeks)

Two Tempus projects in Ukraine have included university education in survey statistics:

  • Statistical aspects of economics: Financial mathematics, insurance and sample surveys in industry and agriculture (1996-1997)
  • Statistical aspects of economics (1998-2000)

Two textbooks on survey sampling have been published in the Ukrainian language:

  • Oleksandr Chernyak (2001): Survey Sampling Technique , 248 pages
  • Victoria Parkhomenko (2001): Survey Sampling Methods , 148 pages

Ukrainian statisticians have participated in the following events arranged by the Baltic-Nordic network on survey statistics:

  • Workshop in Vilnius 2005: Olga Vasylyk
  • Workshop in Ventspils 2006: Oksana Honchar, Nataliya Skachek, Olga Vasylyk
  • Conference in Kuusamo 2007: Olga Vasechko, Tetyana Yakovenko
  • Workshop in Kuressaare 2008: Oleksandr Chernyak, Tetiana Fedorianych, Oksana Honchar, Volodymyr Sarioglo, Artem Shcherbina, Nataliia Vashchaieva, Tetyana Yakovenko

Four papers presented at recent workshops and conferences have described the development of survey sampling in Ukraine :

  • Olga Vasylyk: Teaching survey sampling theory and methodology at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University ( Ukraine ): Problems and perspectives (2005 in Vilnius )
  • Tetyana Yakovenko, Olga Vasylyk and Oksana Honchar: Sample surveys in Ukraine : Education and implementation (2007 in Kuusamo)
  • Tetyana Yakovenko: Survey sampling in Ukrainian universities (2007 in Minsk )
  • Tetyana Yakovenko and Olga Vasylyk: Renewal of a course on survey sampling at Kyiv University for speciality Statistics (2008 in Kuressaare)

The speciality Statistics was introduced as a teaching programme in 1996 by the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and is now available also at

  • Dnipropetrovsk National University since 1997
  • Lviv National Ivan Franko University since 1997
  • Donetsk National University since 2003
  • Uzhgorod National University since 2003
  • Chernivtsi National Yuriy Fedkovych University since 2004
  • Nizhyn State Pedagogical University since 2004
  • PreCarpathian National Vasyl Stefanyk University in Ivano-Frankivsk since 2005

Courses on Survey Sampling are given at several Ukrainian universities, including

  • National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
  • Kyiv National University of Economics
  • Dnipropetrovsk National University
  • PreCarpathian National Vasyl Stefanyk University in Ivano-Frankivsk
  • Uzhgorod National University

The Scientific and Technical Complex of Statistical Research is a research institute linked to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine and active in the development of survey statistics. Director-General is Dr. Olga Vasechko.

The Department of Social and Demographic Statistics, Institute for Demography and Social Research , National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is also active in the development of survey statistics. Dr. Volodymyr Sarioglo and five other researchers participated in the ISI Session in Lisboa 2007 with contributed papers on survey statistics.

These two research institutes co-operate with teachers of survey statistics in the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, e.g. by providing applied topics for students.

The Network welcomes participation in its activities by additional universities, research institutes and statistical agencies in Ukraine.
Last update June 6, 2009