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Household budget

Household Budget survey

The sample survey of household budget is a survey aimed at monitoring the standard of living and the social situation of households in terms of their income and expenses. It belongs among the oldest surveys, it has been carried out since the mid-1950s.
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    What is the aim of the survey?

    The aim of the survey is to provide detailed information on the structure, amount and development of expenses, consumption and income of natural persons in different types of households. Thanks to the respondents who fill out the questionnaire, the data used for analyzes of the living standards of the Slovak population is obtained.

    The results of the survey are an important basis for decision-making processes, for analyzing and adjusting social issues in society and for setting up effective tools of social policy, as well as for the adoption of specific economic or social measures. They are necessary for considering the adjustments of the minimum subsistence income.
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    When and where will the survey take place? 

    The survey is carried out regularly on a monthly basis, for the year 2023 it is carried out from 6 December 2022 to 12 January 2024. Based on a random selection, more than 2 300 households in approximately 270 municipalities are included in the survey for the year 2023.

    Warning The current list of municipalities for the year 2023, in which the survey is carried out, is available in the table Priloha_Rodinneucty_zoznam_obci format (XLSX 36 kB) or format (ODS 24 kB).
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    Who will answer the questions?

    The respondents of the survey are all persons living in the household.
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    What will we ask?

    Within the survey, all cash and non-cash incomes and expenses of private households are monitored. Within expenses, net money expenditures are determined, in a detailed breakdown according to the international classification of individual consumption- COICOP. In addition to income and expenses, the basic demographic characteristics of the household, its size according to the number of members, types of household, number of dependent children, and also household equipment with long-term consumption items are also determined.
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    Warning The example of questionnaire is included in the List of statistical questionnaires.​​​​​​​

    How are the household data provided to the Office protected?

    All collected data are used exclusively for the needs of state statistics, are confidential and protected according to Slovak and European legislation. The final statistical information is always published in an aggregated form and the data on a specific household and on persons is non-identifiable from them.
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    Can the respondent refuse to fill out the questionnaire?

    National legislation imposes an obligation on the selected respondent to provide the required information, pursuant to Act No. 540/2001 Coll. on state statistics in the current version.

    The survey is also part of the European Statistical Program and is carried out in accordance with the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council (EU) No. 2019/1700 and delegated regulations for the relevant year, which means that the European legislation also obliges us to do so. It precisely determines and defines the specificities of how to carry out the survey, to what extent, periodicity and to what territorial level, and in accordance with a harmonized internationally comparable methodology.

    We appreciate the willingness of all respondents participating in the surveys, because they help to identify the enterprise's problems and obtain high quality and reliable information. They thus contribute to solutions and positive changes.
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    How will the questionnaire be completed? How will the survey be conducted?

    • The Statistical Office of the SR contacts the selected household in writing - with a letter informing about the inclusion in the survey, in which the name of the interviewer is stated (responsible person for the Statistical Office of the SR, e-mail and telephone contact for this person). At the same time, the exact date and time of the interviewer's visit to this household is also indicated.
    • The selected household can verify whether it is really a survey conducted by the Statistical Office of the SR and whether the household was also included in the survey by the managers of the eight regional offices on the contracts also listed in the accompanying letter or in the following table: Contact persons for the field surveys in regions of the SR​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​format (XLSX 25 kB) or format (ODS 17 kB).
    • The respondent can then adjust/change the date of the interviewer's visit to his home, choose another meeting place outside his home, or will arrange the interview by telephone, if possible.
    • The interviewer of the Statistical Office of the SR will present himself at the personal meeting with a special authorization and ID card.
    • A personal meeting with the interviewer is an advantage, it speeds up the filling out of the questionnaire, enables its more accurate and comprehensive filling out  (interviewers are trained in survey methodologies).
    • The municipality/town is informed about the implementation of the survey, which is helpful in solving the respondents' questions.
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    When and where will the results be available after their processing? 

    After processing, the results are published in various structures (by e.g. according to economic status, type of households, number of dependent children, purpose of spending, territorial division) in the products of the Statistical Office of the SR, namely:

    Where can I find the results from the previous surveys?

    The results from the previous surveys on household budget are available in various statistical outputs.
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    For the SR:

    For the EU:

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