Laos announces population census

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TDX2UOBKB7Laos is to carry out a countrywide census, state-run media said on October 21.

“People will be interviewed in regards to their profession, marital status, income, housing conditions, access to electricity or whether or not they receive media broadcasts, along with other circumstances,” the Vientiane Times reported. The count will take place over seven days from March 1, at an estimated cost of $7.2 million, half from government funds, and half from international donors, the state paper wrote.

Previous surveys were mostly foreign-funded.

Authorities had started a public awareness campaign, the report said, including a poster that “implores people not to run from the census surveyors as they don’t go to catch to people, but to count them in every corner of the country,” including criminals and ex-convicts.

Around 22,000 censors were undergoing training, and were to be allocated around 70 households each. The last census in 2005 found the population to be 6.4 million.

A 2013 estimate by the World Bank put the figure at 6.8 million. Laos law requires a census at least every 10 years.

Officials had also been to Vietnam to learn from that country’s experience of such surveys.

“The new survey will be crucial to assess progress towards development goals for Laos and to prepare for integration with the ASEAN Economic Community,” the Vientiane Times said.

 

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Laos is to carry out a countrywide census, state-run media said on October 21. "People will be interviewed in regards to their profession, marital status, income, housing conditions, access to electricity or whether or not they receive media broadcasts, along with other circumstances," the Vientiane Times reported. The count will take place over seven days from March 1, at an estimated cost of $7.2 million, half from government funds, and half from international donors, the state paper wrote. Previous surveys were mostly foreign-funded. Authorities had started a public awareness campaign, the report said, including a poster that "implores people not...

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TDX2UOBKB7Laos is to carry out a countrywide census, state-run media said on October 21.

“People will be interviewed in regards to their profession, marital status, income, housing conditions, access to electricity or whether or not they receive media broadcasts, along with other circumstances,” the Vientiane Times reported. The count will take place over seven days from March 1, at an estimated cost of $7.2 million, half from government funds, and half from international donors, the state paper wrote.

Previous surveys were mostly foreign-funded.

Authorities had started a public awareness campaign, the report said, including a poster that “implores people not to run from the census surveyors as they don’t go to catch to people, but to count them in every corner of the country,” including criminals and ex-convicts.

Around 22,000 censors were undergoing training, and were to be allocated around 70 households each. The last census in 2005 found the population to be 6.4 million.

A 2013 estimate by the World Bank put the figure at 6.8 million. Laos law requires a census at least every 10 years.

Officials had also been to Vietnam to learn from that country’s experience of such surveys.

“The new survey will be crucial to assess progress towards development goals for Laos and to prepare for integration with the ASEAN Economic Community,” the Vientiane Times said.

 

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