International Standard Industrial Classification

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The International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC, dt. 'International Standard Classification of Economic Branches') is a classification of the UNO for the classification of economic sectors and branches of industry .

Each branch from the primary, secondary and tertiary economic sector is assigned to one of 21 main groups, which in turn are divided into subgroups.

Main groups


It has also been largely adopted by the EU with the Statistical Systematics of Economic Activities (NACE) and the Swiss Nomenclature Générale des Activités économiques (NOGA). In addition to the EU member states and Switzerland, Norway also use NACE-compatible statistics, as do around ten other countries outside the EU or candidate countries such as Turkey. Over 150 countries around the world use business classifications based on either ISIC or NACE.

See also


  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division (Ed.): International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities . Revision 4. 2008 ( PDF ).

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Individual evidence

  1. NACE Rev. 2 Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community . Structure an Explanatory Notes. In: eurostat (ed.): Methodologies and Workingpapers . Catalog number: KS-RA-07-015-DE-N, 2008, ISBN 978-92-79-04740-4 , ISSN  1977-0383 , 4.3 Connection with other multinational classifications 132. Other classifications , p. 19 ( pdf , pdf ( Memento of the original from October 21, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /