FAQ - answer

Question Why is the census done?
Answer The main benefits of census include:
  • a list of inhabitants, housing and dwelling stock on one specific date in accordance with assigned criteria, which is the foundation for the continuation of chronological series from which statistics arise and which become the fundamental informational source for various plans and decision-making;
  • the formulation of the inhabitants’ characteristics, which has a declarative character and cannot be determined in any other way than a person being asked about his religious denomination, his nationality, his education and so on;
  • the provision of data about the number of houses and dwellings, about their structure, about the quality of the housing and dwelling stock, about the standard of living of the population and of each type of household;
  • the development of fundamentals for assessing the long-term population development, the structure of settlement, migration, the structure of households and the housing and dwelling stock based on data, which is methodically comparable to past censuses;
  • the interconnection of data about the inhabitants and households with other data determined by a census;
  • the processing of results for the smallest territorial units possible starting with statistical census districts and basic residential units and the summarization of these results into parts of municipalities, municipalities up to regions, cohesion regions (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics - NUTS2) and the Czech Republic;
  • an objective foundation for international comparison and for defining the position of the Czech Republic within the European Union and at a wider international context.