National Institute of Statistics (Romania)

statistical service in Romania
The National Institute of Statistics in Bucharest in 2009.

The National Institute of Statistics (Romanian: Institutul Naţional de Statistică (INS)) is a Romanian government agency which is responsible for collecting national statistics, in fields such as geography, the economy, demographics and society. The institute is also responsible for conducting Romania's census every ten years, with the latest census being organised in 2011.



The head of the NIS is currently Tudorel Andrei, while the three vice-presidents are:

  • Elena Mihaela Iagăr, in charge of economic and social statistics
  • Dan Ioan Gherguţ, in charge of national accounts and the dissemination of statistical information
  • Beatrix Gered, in charge of IT activities and statistical infrastructure


Romania's first official statistics body was the Central Office for Administrative Statistics (Oficiului Central de Statistică Administrativă), established on July 12, 1859, under the reign of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. The organisation, one of the first national statistics organisations in Europe, conducted its first public census between 1859 and 1860.

The Romanian national statistics organisation was known under various names throughout the country's history, as can be seen in the table below:

English name Romanian name Period
Central Office for Administrative Statistics Oficiul Central de Statistică Administrativă 1859-1892
State Directorate for General Statistics Direcţia de Statistică Generală a Statului 1892-1925
State Institute for General Statistics Institutul de Statistica Generală a Statului 1925-1936
Central Institute of Statistics Institutul Central de Statistică 1936-1951
Central Directorate of Statistics Direcţia Centrală de Statistică 1951-1989
National Commission for Statistics Comisia Naţională pentru Statistică 1989-1998
National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies Institutul Naţional de Statistică şi Studii Economice 1998-2001
National Institute of Statistics Institutul Naţional de Statistică 2001-present

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