Angolan population census scheduled for 2013

21 April 2011

Luanda, Angola, 21 April – The population census in Angola is due to be carried out in 2013, in the period between 16 July and 18 August, the Angolan Minister for Planning said in the country’s parliament, the Angolan press reported.

Ana Dias Lourenço, who was speaking to members of parliament during the appreciation of the law for legislative authorisation of the General Census of the Population and Housing, noted that the census could not be carried out sooner because it was complex and comprehensive work.

The Planning minister noted that responses to the census questions would produce a complete numerical profile of the country, which would provide accurate and precise information, which are the basis for making appropriate decisions on all levels.

As it will be a complex operation at least 40,000 people will be involved including census agents, supervisors and administrative staff, Lourenço said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

Angola has not carried out a General Census of the Population and Housing since 1970 (the colonial era), but the United Nations recommends that countries carry out a census at least once every ten years. (macauhub)