Angola begins General Population and Housing census

16 May 2014

The General Population and Housing Census of Angola, the first census after the country’s independence in 1975, started Friday and will continue until 31 May.

Until the end of the month, around 150,000 people, of which 70,000 are field agents, specifically census agents and supervisors, who will collect information that will later be used to compile statistics.

Angola’s cartographic update split the country into 57,000 segments and each of them will have a census agent who on average will survey between 80 and 100 households per day over 15 days.

The previous Angolan General Census was carried out in 1970 when the country was under Portuguese colonial rule, and the director-general of the National Statistics Institute and general coordinator of the Central Census Office, Camilo Ceita, has said he has doubts about the information gathered at the time as the country was experiencing a war.

According to Ceita, a census is nothing more than a process of collecting information, analysis, treatment and publishing information on the demographic, social and economic situation of the population and on housing. (macauhub/AO)