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The United Nations Statistics Division issues standards and methods approved by the Statistical Commission to assist national statistical authorities and other producers of official statistics in planning and carrying out successful population and housing censuses.

For the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme, the Statistical Commission at its 36th session, requested that the United Nations Statistics Division proceed with its work on the revision and update of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2 was adopted by the Statistical Commission at its 38th session in 2007. The main objective of the Principles and Recommendations is to provide international principles and recommendations for use by national statistical offices and census officials in countries throughout the world in planning and organizing their censuses. For previous versions of the Principles and Recommendations, go to...

In addition, the United Nations Statistics Division has issued the following guidelines
 
Census Principles and Recommendations
Year
File
Size
- Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev.2
Arabic (2009, 2.3MB) / Chinese (2010, 2.8MB) / English (2008, 2.5MB) / French (2009, 2.5MB) / Russian (2009, 2.7MB) / Spanish (2010, 2.2MB)
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Census Handbooks
Year
File
Size
- Handbook on Population and Housing Census Editing, Rev. 1
Chinese (2010, 2.8MB) / English (2010, 2MB) / French (2010, 2.1MB) / Russian (2011, 2.9MB)
  PDF
- Measuring the Economically Active in Population Censuses: A Handbook
Chinese (8.1MB) / English (10.1MB) / French (6.6MB) / Russian (9.1MB) / Spanish (6.8MB)
2010 PDF
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Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities
Arabic (2010, 9.7MB) / Chinese (2010, 3.6MB) / English (2009, 5MB) / French (2010, 10MB) / Russian (2010, 5.2MB) / Spanish (2010, 9.3MB)

  PDF

 

- Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses 2001 PDF
1.8MB
Census Technical Reports & Other Reference Material
Year
File
Size
- Post Enumeration Surveys, Operational guidelines 2010 PDF 1.1MB
- Census Data Capture Methodology 2009 PDF
0.6MB

 

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