The Communication and Publishing (KOM/PUB)) division is in charge of the communication, publication and dissemination of FSO statistical information. The support function of the linguistic services also come under the aegis of KOM/PUB.
With its specialised sections, KOM/PUB is also responsible for all aspects of the FSO’s integrated communication. It promotes awareness and understanding of how official statistics works, maintains contact with the media and coordinates the publication of press releases. It is also tasked with disseminating all the statistical information produced by the FSO and ensures the development of the required instruments and processes.
The Media Office and Business Communication section (MEDIA/GK) is responsible for the FSO's external communication and for all matters related to corporate communication. It advises members of the Board of Management and the sections on communication-related issues, coordinates the publication of some 130 press releases every year and responds to media enquiries. It also ensures that the Code of Practice is correctly applied and the principles of independence, integrity and accountability are respected. MEDIA/GK covers all communication efforts aimed at promoting the FSO's image internally (among staff and services) and externally (among users and partners).
The section represents the FSO at fairs and exhibitions and is responsible for press conferences. It also maintains close contact with other communication units within the Confederation, especially those within the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
The Dissemination and Publications section (DIAM) encourages fast and correct dissemination of statistics in conformity with the users' needs (findings and meta-information). It defines and monitors processes and rules for the planning, production and dissemination of statistical output; it advises persons who wish to publish the results; it produces and publishes a wide range of articles in print, on CD-ROM and in the statistics portal; and it makes a central information service and library available to the general public. The section also monitors international trends and activities to guarantee the dissemination of high-quality statistics.
The DIAM section issues publications, including the Statistical Yearbook, the Statistical Data on Switzerland brochure and the Statistics Portal, on the whole range of statistical topics and activities.
The Language Services are the FSO’s centre of linguistic excellence. They provide the FSO with translations in Switzerland’s official languages as well as English and when necessary in additional languages. They support the Office in implementing its information mission, in fulfilling its commitment to multilingualism and in meeting its international obligations, contributing thereby to understanding among cultures.