NSI: So far more than 1.7 million counted online in Bulgarian census

In the online phase of the Bulgarian census in 2021, a total of 1,707,458 people have been counted so far, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) announced on September 21.

Citing numbers from 6 a.m. on September 21, the NSI said 100,000 people were counted the previous day.

A total of 686 459 apartments with 748 748 households were counted, the institute said.

Bulgaria‘s previous regular census in 2011 resulted in the NSI having a population of more than 7.36 million at that time. The NSV adjusts this number annually based on estimates and is currently 6.91 million.

The NSI said the top three places to participate in the online census were Sofia, where 42.8 percent of the population was counted online, followed by Varna 31.2 percent and Gabrovo, 26.4 percent.

The lowest participation rates in the online phase of the census were recorded in Kurdzhali, Razgrad and Silistra. In Kurdzhali, less than a tenth of the district’s population was counted online, the NSI said.

Bulgaria’s 2021 census began two weeks ago, on September 7, and was plagued by online access issues that the NSI attributes to malicious attacks. Originally planned for September 17th, the online phase was extended to the end of September, personal visits to households began on September 18th and are expected to last until October 3rd.

(Photo: Victor Semionov, via flickr)

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