Croatia: Few weeks until beginning of the census

Croatia: Few weeks until beginning of the census

The Croatian census is due to be carried out in two weeks, and every single resident of Croatia needs to partake. For those who refuse to do so, a fine of between 2,000 and 5,000 kuna could be issued.

As local media writes, every inhabitant single legal resident of the Republic of Croatia is subject to the Croatian Census Act, according to which every person who refuses to be enumerated faces a fine of two to five thousand kuna.

Lidija Brković, the director of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), spoke for local portal Glas Slavonije about the Croatian census, which is set to begin in two weeks due to a coronavirus-induced delay earlier on in the year.

“The Croatian census is based on an individual statement, and the enumerator has no right to ask for documents or check the answers that a person gives. Every resident of Croatia is subject to is the Act on the Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Croatia in 2021, which provides for the issuing of fines from 2,000 to 5,000 kuna for a misdemeanour of a natural person if they refuse to provide their data for the census. People can have full confidence in the Central Bureau of Statistics because all the data collected by the Bureau remains an official secret,” assured Brković.

The census in Croatia will be conducted in two phases – the first will be a ”self-census” of residents online through the e-Citizens (e-Građani) system, followed by a field census of those who did not register online. The fieldwork begins on September the 27th and will run through until October the 17th, 2021.

“The first phase of self-enumeration through the e-Citizens system will last from September the 13th to the 26th, and just one person in the household who uses the system is enough and will be able to enumerate all members of their household. If more than one household member uses the e-Citizens system, it still must only be one person listing all of the household members,” said Brković.