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1. About the Innovation Survey

The Innovation Survey 2014 was part of the joint Community Innovation Survey 2014 (CIS2014) project of the EU Member States coordinated by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, which means that a corresponding survey has been conducted in other Member States as well. The objective of the survey that is conducted every second year is to examine the generality of innovation activity and to chart the characteristics and measures related to innovation activity.

In addition to questions from the EU’s harmonised survey questionnaire, the survey also included some national questions on topical issues. These were the utilisation of big data and open data in the public sector, as well as the importance of digitalisation in enterprises’ business activity. The survey also included questions about the importance of user innovation in enterprises’ innovation activity.

The survey targeted a three-year period from 2012 to 2014 and covered enterprises employing at least ten persons in manufacturing (incl. mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and air-conditioning supply, and water supply and waste management) and in certain service industries. A detailed description of the target population is included in the quality description on the home page of the statistics (only in Finnish).

A majority of the survey results can be found on the home page of the statistics ( in the database tables ( Results based on a limited review group and, for example, non-recurring questions can be found in the appendix tables of this review (

In terms of the long-term time series examination, it should be noted that the scope of the survey was extended from the 2012 survey to cover service industries TOL 59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities, TOL 60 Programming and broadcasting activities, TOL 72 Scientific research and development, and TOL 73 Advertising and market research.

Source: Innovation 2014, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mervi Niemi 029 551 3263, Heidi Pirkola 029 551 3246,

Director in charge: Mari Yl-Jarkko

Updated 2.6.2016

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Innovation [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-4399. 2014, 1. About the Innovation Survey . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.3.2023].
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