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Contents of the Sirene® database

The "Sirene® database" provides information on the french directory of companies and establishments and improves quality. It contains economic and legal information on 10 million companies and establishments.

Information constantly updated

There are many bodies responsible for declaring to Insee any registrations, cancellations and changes to be made. They contribute to updating the Sirene register on a daily basis. On average, 10 000 modifications are recorded in the register every day.

Exhaustive geographic and economic coverage

Sirene records all companies and their establishments, whatever their legal form and whatever their sector of activity, and whether located in metropolitan France or in the overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Mayotte and Réunion) and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. Foreign companies that are represented in France or carry out an activity there are also listed.

When the database is prepared for dissemination, supplementary data are added to ensure that the Sirene® database is a useful operational tool.

Three types of data assigned either to the company or to the establishment

Identification data for companies and establishments
For companies:  For establishments: 
Siren Siret
Last name, usual first name for self-employed workers Status of siège social ou non
Logo, official name or corporate name for a corporation Ensign
Legal nature or status, also called catégorie juridique Full address
Economic data for companies and establishments
For companies:  For establishments 
The principal activity code (APE) assigned by Insee according to the French classification of activities (NAF rev. 2, 2008) The principal activity code (APE) assigned by Insee according to the French classification of activities (NAF rev. 2, 2008)
Number of employees in the company (by bracket) Number of employees for each establishment (by bracket)
Turnover for companies surveyed in the Annual Sectoral Survey (ESA) and the Annual Production Survey (EAP)
Other data for companies and establishments
For companies:  For establishments: 
Date of creation or cessation of activity if applicable Date of creation or closure if applicable
Month and year that the company first appeared in the database Month and year that the establishment first appeared in the database
Variables concerning the geographic location of the companys registered office:  region and municipality Variables concerning the geographic location of the establishment:  municipality, canton, urban unit, employment zone, EPCI

Information of the highest quality

Sirene® is compared with other sources of administrative data and administrative survey files to update economic data for each company and establishment and ensure reliability: 

  • Tax declarations:  corporate tax, VAT?
  • Public accounting files
  • Urssaf files
  • Public hospital sector files
  • Postcode files
  • Annual Sectoral Survey (ESA) and the Annual Production Survey (EAP)
  • Annual declaration of social data (DADS)