EFGS started as a voluntary cooperation between National Statistical Institutions (NSIs) in the Nordic countries in 1998, on use of geographic information systems (GIS) and statistics. Today EFGS has national contact persons from 32 European states and territories, having annual conferences and meetings. The Steering Committee consists of the national contact persons from the NSIs that participate in the ESSnet project GEOSTAT 1A - Representing Census data in a European population grid, mainly funded by Eurostat. European Forum of GeoStatistics activities are mainly concentrated on the development of the best practices in the production of geostatistics in Europe. EFGS aims at beeing a global forum and umbrella organisation from conference in Brazil in 2014.