The first General Population and Housing Census in Angola since the country’s independence, in 1975, was officially concluded Saturday following visits to 99 percent of the country’s households, the director general of the National Statistics Institute (INE), Camilo Ceita, said in Luanda.
Ceita noted that the missing 1 percent were households where it had not been possible to contact the people living there, specifically in the municipalities of Viana and Cacuaco (Luanda province), Benguela and Lobito (Benguela province) and Chitato and Lucapa (Lunda Norte province).
“These are 500 households out of a total of over 5 million, so we can consider that our target has been reached,” said the INE director general and coordinator of the Census.
The 7 million questionnaires that were filled out – one per family – are now being collected from across the country and the preliminary results of the census are expected to be announced in four months’ time.
The general population and housing census was officially carried out between 16 and 31 May and involved 10,000 people and every type of transport.
The last census of the Angolan population was 44 years ago and this was the first census to be carried out following the country’s independence.
The Angolan population is estimated to total over 21 million people. (macauhub/AO)