Mozambique’s third national census underway

1 August 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 1 Aug – Mozambique’s third national census began Wednesday and will last until 15 Aug in a process costing more than 20 million euros, officials said.

Mozambique’s current population stands at 20.3 million, according to projections made from the last census carried out in 1997, which fixed the country’s population at 15 million people.

Up to 5 million families are being questioned in the nationwide survey by census officials to ascertain Mozambique’s population and get clearer information on how it lives.

Maputo’s Central Census Office and the National Statistics Institute (INE) are both confident that sufficient logistical groundwork has been undertaken to make Mozambique’s third census a success.

The country’s first census was carried out in 1980, five years after independence from Portugal. (macauhub)