After a Census Order was issued in 2005, a Census of Population and Housing was undertaken between 21st November and 11th December 2005, with 27th November 2005 being established as Census Day. This was the sixteenth census to be carried out since the first one was undertaken in 1842. On my part, it was the second Census in which I served as Census Officer.
Preliminary findings, detailing the population count on a locality basis by age and sex, were published in April 2006. While that report presented a preliminary population count, this report presents the final count of the population, as on 27th November 2005, together with other socio-demographic results as well as information on our housing stock. A chapter outlining census methodology and a commentary on key census results are also being presented.
This Census presents a snapshot of the socio-demographic profile of our population in the early years of the 21st century. It presents a wide array of statistical reports, including a range of reports with internationally comparable indicators that are important for policy-making and research purposes. We feel confident that the results of this Census will be actively and profitably used for the benefit of our people.
In carrying out this project, particular attention was continuously paid to the quality aspects of our work. The enumeration process was rigorously monitored and evaluated with a view to ensuring coverage and the taking of remedial action whenever problems arose. This was then followed up by an extensive follow-up exercise in order to ensure the exhaustiveness of the enumeration process. This, together with the results of the post-enumeration survey, facilitated the imputation of any missing responses and the coding of a sample of occupation and economic activity codes. Finally, all the results were appropriately validated against other independent data sources in order to ensure their reliability.
A project of this magnitude cannot be carried out successfully without the full co-operation of the general public. Therefore, I would like to express my deep appreciation to all those who co-operated fully with the Census Office during and after the taking of the Census. Lastly, I would also like to express my heart-felt thanks to all the staff at the National Statistics Office and the Census Office for their hard work and dedication in implementing this project successfully.
25 July 2007
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