Malta’s first online census to be held a year from today

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The 18th census of the Maltese islands will take place exactly a year from today, and for the first time, it will be carried out online.

This time round, there will be no paper postal questionnaire, with the public invited to fill a self-completion questionnaire on the web.

The new approach, according to the National Statistics Office, will provide faster and more accurate results.

The first census was held in 1842, when Malta had a population of just 100,157 people, while Gozo counted 14,342 inhabitants.

The population of the Maltese islands surpassed the 200,000 mark by the 1911 census, which counted 211,564, and surpassed the 300,000 mark by 1948, with the first post-war census counting 305,991 souls.

The last census was the first which counted more than 400,000 inhabitants – 417,432 to be exact – and in the next, the half-million mark is expected to be surpassed in the wake of strong population growth in recent years.