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Census taking in Europe: how are populations counted in 2010?


  • Paolo Valente


A growing number of countries are moving away from the traditional census and looking with increasing interest at new approaches. For example, in countries where they exist, population registers are often used as an alternative information source. Among the 40 European countries, 5 are conducting a census in 2010 based exclusively on registers (the Scandinavian countries and Austria), around half (21) are conducting a traditional census (Russia, practically all countries of eastern and south-eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece and Portugal), and most of the others (13) are adopting a mixed approach using data from registers and from other sources, such as total enumeration or sample surveys. France is the only country to have adopted a rolling census, introduced in 2004.

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  • Paolo Valente, 2010. "Census taking in Europe: how are populations counted in 2010?," Population and Societies 467, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:467

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    1. Bernard Baffour & Thomas King & Paolo Valente, 2013. "The Modern Census: Evolution, Examples and Evaluation[1]," International Statistical Review, International Statistical Institute, vol. 81(3), pages 407-425, December.
    2. Carr-Hill, Roy, 2017. "Improving Population and Poverty Estimates with Citizen Surveys: Evidence from East Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 249-259.
    3. Carr-Hill, Roy, 2013. "Missing Millions and Measuring Development Progress," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 30-44.
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