Statistics Sweden: Can someone turn on the light?

Statistics Sweden is a central government authority for official statistics and other government statistics and in this capacity also has the responsibility for coordinating and supporting the Swedish system for official statistics.” This is according to Statistics Sweden. On their website, one can also read “Statistics Sweden uses a web publishing system for this website, with the primary aim of increasing efficiency and quality in the publication process.”

So upon entering an URL (www.naringslivetregionalt.scb.se) to one of their pages, using Firefox 3, one is greeted with a very high-tech message:

This service supports the following web browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.0
Internet Explorer 7.0

If you have any questions, please contact Statistics Sweden.

Ooookeeey…. what makes this even more “funny” is this, also found on their website:

Which web browser should you use?

Statistics Sweden’s website is optimised for Firefox 1.0 and later and Internet Explorer 6.0 and later.

Now isn’t that special… ! Government agencies really need to get their heads out and realize it’s 2008, not 1998.

Go Go Statistics Sweden, Web 2.0, here we come!

(It’s fascinating that a government agency, that in the year 2007 had a turnover of some 953 million SEK, cannot create a website which handles Firefox 3)

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