CSB is suggesting that forthcoming Population and Housing Census should be conducted basing solely on administrative data


On Tuesday, April 16, the Cabinet of Ministers (MK) has discussed informative report “On Improvement of the Forthcoming Population and Housing Census 2021” submitted by the CSB. The CSB is suggesting that Population and Housing Census 2021 should be conducted by utilising only administrative data sources and information acquired within the running CSB surveys; thus abandoning surveying population on the Internet or at their residences, as it was done in the Population and Housing Census 2011.

President of the CSB Mrs. Aija Žīgure points out: “By completely abandoning surveying population on the Internet and at their residenceswe are moving in line with the trends significant for the era of information society. In Scandinavia as well as Austria and Slovenia, where the bulk statistical indicators is acquired by using register systems, this positive tendency already exists, and this is a good practice to learn from. The greatest benefit in a long-term will be financial savings produced not only when conducting the next Population and Housing Census, but also when producing regular statistics.”

The means spent on development, conduction of the Population and Housing Census 2011 as well as processing and dissemination of the data thereof during the time period from 2007 till 2013 account for LVL 5.4 million. The CSB calculations based on the annual inflation estimates (3%) show that, if Population and Housing Census 2021 is carried out in a same manner as it was in 2011, the Census will require LVL 7 million; whereas, if it is conducted solely by using administrative data, the costs may diminish twice and comprise approximately LVL 3 million.

Ministries and institutions engaged in the development of the Population and Housing Census 2021, in 2013, should take the planned measures within the boundaries of the budgetary means granted, wile allocation of additional State budget means for long-term liabilities in 2014 and subsequent years is reviewed within the development of the draft law “On Medium-Term Budgetary Framework for 2014, 2015 and 2016”.

Workgroup formed by the Ministry of Economics (EM) has discovered that out of the issues included in the Census programme the answers to the questions regarding key demographic indicators – sex, age, legal marital status, country of birth, citizenship, familial relationship among household members, economic activity and location of workplace – already currently are fully available in the administrative data sources.

CSB is planning to start work on the introduction of statistical data warehouse for the social statistics. It has been intended that it will include and mutually integrate data necessary to estimate population number basing on various data sources as well as CSB surveys. Such data warehouse would completely ensure protection of individual data in compliance with the Personal Data Protection Law, Official Statistics Law and requirements of the EU legislation.Similar data warehouses for the needs of social statistics have been built in Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Austria, Netherlands, Estonia etc countries.

EM workgroup will continue working and will develop detailed schedule for the forthcoming Population and Housing Census, control implementation thereof and starting from 2014 once a year (till the October 1) it will provide the MK with the informative report on the results achieved. While in future, basing on the information stored in the administrative sources and available data, CSB will annually estimate the population number and send the obtained results to the EU institutions and European Central Bank.

The EM workgroup consists of the representatives from the EM, CSB, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, State Land Service, State Revenue Service, State Employment Agency, National Health Service, State Social Insurance Agency, Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association, Health Inspectorate, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia and Data State Inspectorate.

All related information is available on the Internet: informative report - MK webpage (in Latvian), results of the Population and Housing Census 2011 – CSB webpage, Census data visualisation – CSB webpage (in Latvian).


Sanda Rieksta
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
Public Relations Manager
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