Stats office carries out census to check on census

Latvia's official statistics office, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) was from September 2 carrying out a population 'microcensus' until September 15 with the aim of which is to determine how accurate its existing figures are, the CSB's head Aija Zigure told a press conference today.

Zigure said that the microcensus would concern 15,000 pre-selected apartments and homes in 41 regions and nine cities of Latvia, including 4,380 in Riga.

The microcensus will proceed in two stages. During the stage one, residents will be able to fill out their census questionnaires at the "eintervija.csb.gov.lv" website until September 15.

Those who do not do it will be interviewed either on the telephone or visited by census takers by December 15.

The last major census took place in 2011.

Currently the Latvian population is believed to be around 1.97 million. 

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