What is INSTAT?

The statistical service had not been established until Albanian State was proclaimed in 1912.  The first statistical office was opened in 1924. It used to work out economic data on the Ministry of Public Affairs and Agriculture.

The activity of this office was limited to agriculture inventories that consisted in registration of the number of farmers, type of land and the use of agriculture livestock plants, as well as in a few statistics on industry, trade, export-import and prices.

The statistical service was for the first time institutionalized by the decision no. 121, dated. 8.04.1940. The statistical service system was established by the decision no. 35, dated 13/01/1945 with the creation of Statistics Department under the authority of Council of Ministers. This Department was put later under the authority of The State Plan Commission. Nowadays, this system is an independent institution. INSTAT shall be organized at the central level. The regional statistical offices established at the local level, shall operate within the organizational structure of INSTAT, and are subordinate to the latter. The organizational structure of INSTAT shall be approved by a decision of the Albanian Parliament, in accordance with the definitions of the legislation into force on independent institutions.