TALLINN, February 29 (Itar-Tass) —— During the current national census in Estonia over 1,006,835 citizens have been registered as of Wednesday, Head of the project of the Department of Statistics Diana Beltadze said.
“The experience of the enumerators and their productivity is growing,” she said. “Now we are complying with the time schedule.”
The traditional stage of the census started on February 20. Earlier, from December 31, 2011 and through to February 2, 2012 the country had an electronic stage of the census, where 814,500 Internet users filled in the questionnaires. Thus, 62 percent of the nation registered themselves, which is an unofficial world record. Earlier, Canada quoted 54 percent.
The traditional stage will continue until March 31. Participation in the census is obligatory. Those refusing to participate may be liable to a fine of up to 2,000 euros. The only question, which may be omitted, is that of religious preferences. The country’s budget will cover the project’s expenses of 19 million euros.
Estonia’s previous national census took place in 2000.