Timor-Leste to conduct population and housing census in 2015

14 August 2014

Timor-Leste (East Timor) will carry out a general census of the population and housing in 2015 along with a demographic survey on health, the Minister of State and for the Council of Ministers Presidency, Agio Pereria, announced in a statement.

The census aims to supply information that can be used to orient education policy and help evaluate progress regarding national goals of the Strategic Development Plan as well as international targets, specifically fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Directorate-General of Statistics will conduct the General Population Census in the country’s 13 districts. More than 5,000 people will be involved, gathering information door-to-door in all dwellings in the half-island country.

Timor-Leste conducted censuses in 2004 and 2010, gathering information about population size, education, health, the labour market, agriculture, water and sanitation, electricity, the mortality rate and poverty levels. (macauhub/TL)