On the 13 of May 2021, the National Statistics Office officially launched the Census of Population and Housing. The Census of Population and Housing 2021 will be held in accordance with national legislation – Census Act 1948 and EU regulatory requirements – Regulation (EC) No 763/2008, as well as the recommendations, concepts and definitions on population censuses made by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The data collection will be starting in October 2021. The Census date will be November 21, 2021. Census 2021 will be marked by important innovations. In line with both Government and NSO policy in adopting environment-friendly measures as well as to automate the collection of data, for the first time, people can opt to fill in the questionnaire through an online form. The time needed to complete the online questionnaire is approximately 20 minutes for a household of three persons. Another novelty is that the interviewers visiting the households will record the information in tablet computers rather than through the traditional paper questionnaire. The main advantage of this innovation is enhanced information security given that all collected data will be encrypted so that only authorised Census personnel with access to a secret key or password can read it. Other advantages are reduced paper use and more efficiency. Forms will still be printed to cover all possible exigencies of the households responding to the questionnaire.