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How Was the 2011 Population and Housing Census Work in Practice

The Census was managed, guided and coordinated by the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic who cooperated with applicable central government authorities, district offices, municipalities, and higher territorial units. This statistical survey applied to all residents except foreign nationals having diplomatic privileges and immunities. The Census also included foreign nationals dwelling in the Slovak Republic at the Point in Time Relevant to the Census. If their length of stay is was less than 90 days, they will only provided a limited amount of information. Further, the Census applied to any building intended for residential occupancy or other building that is was occupied at the Point in Time Relevant to the Census.
The census taking itself was conducted by Census Takers. It was the responsibility of municipalities to select their Census Takers and manage their performance. The census was very similar to that held ten years ago. One novelty in the census taking was the option of completing the Census Sheets using electronic means.

PRIOR TO THE COUNT
From May 13th, 2011 Census Takers started visiting the households that fall within their Census Tract. During the conduct of their activity they will be were required to establish proof of their identity by producing a special authorization issued to them by the mayor of a municipality, or a relevant central government authority, where applicable (for census Takers at Special Census Tracts). A Census Taker delivered Census Sheets to those members of a household who lived therein. In ethnically mixed areas, Census Sheets were also available, besides the official language, in the languages of the ethnic minorities (Hungarian, Romany, Ukrainian, and Ruthenian); for the blind and partially sighted, explanatory notes to the Census Sheets were available in Braille (these residents could obtained these forms through their civil association). A Census Taker could not enter a residence unless you invited him in.

THE COUNT
Census Takers handed over the Census Sheets along with the explanatory notes to residents. The notes  could help residents filling out the forms correctly. Census Sheets had to be filled in blue or black ink only. The Census Sheets, must not be folded and had to be protected from damage or destruction. For the first time in history,  citizens were allowed to choose whether to complete the Census Sheets in paper or electronic form.

AFTER THE COUNT
After the Point in Time Relevant to the Census, Census Taker visited the household again, in order to collect the completed Census Sheets from all persons within the respective Census Tract who have not got counted electronically.

 



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