The next census of the Hungarian population will start on October 1, the head of the Central Statistical Office told a press conference on Monday, adding that participation in the national survey was mandatory.
Residents will have until October 16 to fill in the questionaires online. Census officers will contact people who have failed to do so between October 17 and November 20, Gabriella Vukovich said. Between November 20-28, the questionnaires will be available at the municipalities, for those who were unavailable for the census officers, she added.
Participation is mandatory for everyone who is a resident of Hungary on October 1, she added.
The census, conducted every 10 years, yields a “snapshot” of the country, with details about the living and working conditions, health and religious denomination of Hungarians, Vukovich said.
The information collected is crucial in determining local demand and for making decisions for the future, Vukovich said.
At the same time, this will be the last census where data is collected with the active contribution of the population, Vukovich said. The next will be completed using government databases, she said.
The census will contain new questions on the energy efficiency of houses and the digital literacy of residents. Responding to questions on health, disabilities, ethnic and religious identity, the respondents’ mother tongue or the language used in the household will be voluntary, she added.
The questionnaires will be available in 20 languages at www.nepszamlalas2022.hu.