A Census of Population and Housing was taken on the 26th November 1995. A preliminary report on the Census was published in March 1996. We now present the detailed findings together with the Census methodology and a brief analysis of the findings in various volumes.
This Census of Population and Housing was one of the largest socio-economic research projects ever undertaken in Malta. As a result, a substantial amount of resources - human, financial and technical - had to be committed to this project. What we have already presented and what we are presenting now are the outputs of this considerable investment. However, these outputs are by no means the ultimate objectives of the Census; rather these are the inputs in other research work and in the formulation of policies and programs for the benefit of the inhabitants of these islands. The results of this Census have already been and are being used by policy-makers. We augur that these and other users will continue to find our work useful and relevant to their areas of operation.
A work of this magnitude cannot be undertaken without the support, commitment and dedicated co-operation of a very large number of people both within and outside Government. To all those who worked and co-operated in this venture and especially my staff at the Central Office of Statistics, I give my heartfelt thanks. However, I would also like to express my deep appreciation to the people of these islands, the real protagonists of this Census, who understood the purpose of this project and who co-operated fully during the field-work stage and afterwards. Our efforts would have been useless without their co-operation.
This report is also being compiled to satisfy the requirements of section 7 (1) of Act No. II of 1948.