The self-response time for the census of population and housing in Romania has been extended until May 27 because of high public interest and also in order to keep census costs in check, Chairman of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) Tudorel Andrei told a news conference on Friday.
According to Andrei, the interest of the public and a possible way to reduce the costs of the census of population and housing by 7-10 lei per form were two reasons behind the time extension.
He said that in the last two weeks the results were spectacular, and in the last week over 400,000 census forms completed by self-response were reported.
According to data reveled by the INS chief, as of May 12, 2022, over 8.4 million census forms were collected, with a 44% self-response rate, as against an initial target of 35%. Andrei said that the self-response rate in Romania is above other Eastern European countries, similar to that of Bulgaria.