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Principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses

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The population and housing census is part of an integrated national statistical system, which may include other censuses (for example, agriculture), surveys, registers and administrative files. It provides, at regular intervals, the benchmark for population count at national and local levels. For small geographical areas or sub-populations, it may represent the only source of information for certain social, demographic and economic characteristics. For many countries the census also provides a solid framework to develop sampling frames. This publication represents one of the pillars for data collection on the number and characteristics of the population of a country.

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Acknowledgements

The Statistics Division wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the members of the working groups and technical subgroups of the Expert Group on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses who participated in the development and review of the draft Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2. Special thanks go to the members as well as to the Chair of the Drafting Group for the final review of the draft recommendations.

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