Paper Census

In case you have not enumerated yourself online, you must fill in a paper form during 17 April to 11 May 2021. You will receive the Census form together with an envelope from the Census enumerator, who will arrive on a pre-announced date to meet you outside of your building. You can also pick up the form and the envelope by yourself at any Census contact point at selected branches of the Czech Post and regional administrations of the Czech Statistical Office. You must submit the completed form in an envelope no later than 11 May at the post office or via mailbox. The envelope with the Census 2021 logo has a pre-printed address and postage is free of charge.
Paper Census
How do I get a Census form?

You can obtain a paper Census form from a Census enumerator or at any Census contact point.

From 17 April, the Census enumerators will start distributing paper Census forms. If you have already got counted or if you are going to get counted online, you do not have to wait for the census officer (census enumerator) or take over the paper census form (questionnaire) either.
The enumerator will arrive on a pre-announced date to meet you outside of your building. A notice with the date of the visit will be posted on the front door of the building (or you will receive it in your mailbox). In case you will not be home at the time, the date will not be changed, but the enumerator will try to reach you again and we will let you know when the alternative date will take place.

You can also pick up the form by yourself at any Census contact point or at selected branches of the Czech Post and regional administrations of the Czech Statistical Office, from 17 April to 11 May 2021.

One Census form will be handed over to each household, and more than one can be issued upon request. When collecting the Census forms, it will be necessary to provide the number of the dwelling in which you live. When collecting the form at a contact point you will provide also your address. By scanning an identification barcode the form will be assigned to this address.

Along with the form, you will also receive an envelope with the Census 2021 logo for submitting the form. The envelope has a pre-printed address and postage is free of charge.

How do I submit a completed Census form?

You can submit the completed paper Census form in the envelope provided to you at the Census contact point, at any post office or via mailbox.

You can obtain the envelope with the Census 2021 logo together with the form from the Census commissioner or at a contact point. It has a pre-printed address and postage is free of charge.

The completed form must be submitted by 11 May.

What does the Census form look like?

The primary form for a household has 16 A4 pages and consists of two parts: a part with data on housing and household composition and a part for individual persons (for a total of 5 persons). The 2021 Census form contains only half of the questions than in the Census of 2011, it is user-friendly and contains a number of simple instructions.

Are there more than 5 people living in your household? Then you need an additional household form that contains questions for another 6 people. You can get it from the Census enumerator or at a contact point.

There is also a separate type of form, which is intended for people living individually in an accommodation or other collective living quarters. It has 4 pages and does not contain a section with information about the dwelling and household composition.

Paper forms are only in Czech. Printed translations in 7 languages (English, German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Romani) are available upon request from the Census enumerator or at a contact point. The language versions serve as instructions to fill in the original Czech form.

How to fill in the Census form?

The paper Census contains simple instructions for each individual question designed to help you fill in the Census form. Please read the instructions on page 2 of the form before filling it out. In order for us to consolidate the data properly, we need to follow a few simple rules:

  • Provide all information as of midnight from Friday 26 March to Saturday 27 March 2021.
  • Write answers only in black or blue pen.
  • Use capital letters according to the example on the form.
  • Write directly into the white boxes.
  • Write only one character in each field, including hooks and commas.
  • Use an abbreviation for long answers.
  • Where there is a choice of more than one item, mark the correct answer with a cross.
  • Unless stated otherwise, cross out only one option per question.
  • If you make a mistake, cross the box out and write the correct answer next to it.
What is Census form about?

The 2021 Census form contains only half of the data than in the Census of 2011. We only collect information that is not available from the state's databases and therefore cannot be found in any other way. You will fill in information about the dwelling where you live and about everyone who lives there with you.

The Census contains questions on whether you live in your own or rented dwelling, the area of the dwelling in square meters, the number of rooms, gas and water facilities and the type of heating. We also look for information on your first residence after birth, your place of usual residence a year before the Census, information on the highest educational attainment, employment and place of work or school.

Questions concerning ethnicity and religious beliefs are voluntary, therefore it is up to you to decide whether to answer them or not. To fill in the data on all persons living in the dwelling, you need their names, birth numbers or numbers of personal documents issued by the Czech Republic and dates of birth.

We do not ask about any property conditions or about health status.