Myanmar to hold first census in 30 years

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Myammar ethnic mapMyanmar will conduct its first census in three decades with plans to visit all households nationwide in just 12 days between March 30 and April 12, 2014, the government announced on September 15.

Around 100,000 primary school teachers will be used as census-takers and paid some $3 per day for their efforts, Immigration and Population Minister Khin Yee said. The preparations have been made together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),

Myanmar’s last national census was taken in 1983. The government estimates the current population at 60.98 million, based on approximate reproduction rates.

“The census-takers will ask heads of households 41 questions, including the family members’ sex and age, education, occupation, religion, ethnicity, disabilities, and recent births and deaths, as well as questions on housing, electricity and water sources,” the minister said.

Myanmar has some 135 different ethnic groups, including Chin, Karen, Karenni, Kachin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan, which have state territories named after them. An estimated 70 per cent of the population is believed to be Burman, the largest ethnic group in the country.

The 2014 census is deemed an important step in preparation for the next general election scheduled in 2015.

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Myanmar will conduct its first census in three decades with plans to visit all households nationwide in just 12 days between March 30 and April 12, 2014, the government announced on September 15.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Myammar ethnic mapMyanmar will conduct its first census in three decades with plans to visit all households nationwide in just 12 days between March 30 and April 12, 2014, the government announced on September 15.

Around 100,000 primary school teachers will be used as census-takers and paid some $3 per day for their efforts, Immigration and Population Minister Khin Yee said. The preparations have been made together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),

Myanmar’s last national census was taken in 1983. The government estimates the current population at 60.98 million, based on approximate reproduction rates.

“The census-takers will ask heads of households 41 questions, including the family members’ sex and age, education, occupation, religion, ethnicity, disabilities, and recent births and deaths, as well as questions on housing, electricity and water sources,” the minister said.

Myanmar has some 135 different ethnic groups, including Chin, Karen, Karenni, Kachin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan, which have state territories named after them. An estimated 70 per cent of the population is believed to be Burman, the largest ethnic group in the country.

The 2014 census is deemed an important step in preparation for the next general election scheduled in 2015.

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