Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 3

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Since its early years, the United Nations has issued a series of international recommendations on population and housing censuses under the title “Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses”. These publication series, which are based on good national practices in census taking, are widely used by national statistical offices and census officials in countries throughout the world in planning and carrying out population and housing censuses, as well as other related data collection activities, particularly demographic and and socio-economic surveys.The recommendations provide guidance on the main characteristics of population and housing censuses, general material on census methodology, planning, and operations, and more detailed guidance on the content of censuses, in terms of topics for population and also housing. These series are currently revised to assist countries in preparing for the 2020 round of censuses by taking into account changes in methodology, technology, as well as the need for better data dissemination and utilization.




The United Nations Statistics Division expresses its appreciation to the members of the expert group on the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme for their contribution to the revision of these recommendations. The expert group was chaired by Marc Hamel (Canada) and comprised of three working groups and five sub-groups with the following lead experts:


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