Census 1990/91 round (cens_91n)

Reference Metadata in Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS)

Compiling agency: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

Eurostat metadata
Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)

For any question on data and metadata, please contact: EUROPEAN STATISTICAL DATA SUPPORT


1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union
1.2. Contact organisation unit Unit F1: Population
1.5. Contact mail address 2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 03/05/2010
2.2. Metadata last posted 03/05/2010
2.3. Metadata last update 03/05/2010

3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

The tables presented in the Census 1990/91 round cover the total population and housing for 19 countries. Five main topics are covered: structure of population, active population, education level, households and dwellings. The level of completeness of the tables depends largely on the availability of data at the respective national statistical institutes.

3.2. Classification system

Recommendations for population and housing censuses of the UN 

3.3. Coverage - sector

according to topic

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

The data are collected in 29 tables for national level on core topics about the population:

Population structure

Active population

Educational level



3.5. Statistical unit

Depending on the indicator, different statistical units were used: residents/individuals, households, dwellings

3.6. Statistical population

Depending on the indicator, the total population of residents/individuals, households, dwellings.

3.7. Reference area

EU 15, Euro area, and EFTA

3.8. Coverage - Time

Around 1990 and 1991, depending on the country. Most of the countries have carried out the census between 1990 and 1991, while some others in 1989 or 1988.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable

4. Unit of measure Top

Data are expressed in absolute numbers (number of residents/individuals, number of households, number of dwellings).

5. Reference Period Top


6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

For the 1990/91 census round, the Statistical Programme Committee formulated the "Recommendations for the 1990 Censuses of population and housing in the ECE region". This decision was a "gentlemen's agreement" rather than a legal obligation.

The countries that changed their system of collecting statistical data, moving gradually from the classic method (exhaustive census) to the use of administrative sources, base their operations on a legal framework that was created in the 1980s and early 1990s.

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing


7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

Done a Member State level.

8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

No release calendar

8.2. Release calendar access


8.3. Release policy - user access

In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website (see item 10 - 'Accessibility and clarity') respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users.

9. Frequency of dissemination Top

Not applicable for this collection. However, the United Nations Organization recommends that a general population census be conducted every decade.

10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

News releases on-line.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications


10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Please consult free data on-line or refer to contact details.

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access


10.5. Dissemination format - other


First edition CD-Rom in 2004
See also: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

10.6. Documentation on methodology

'Recommendations for the 1990 Censuses of population and housing in the ECE region'

10.7. Quality management - documentation

Not applicable

11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

done at Member State level

11.2. Quality management - assessment

Not available

12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

Need for regionally detailed population data, e.g. to evaluate regional cohesion.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

not evaluated

12.3. Completeness

not evaluated

13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

not evaluated

13.2. Sampling error

not evaluated

13.3. Non-sampling error

not evaluated

14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

Eurostat received the data within two years from the census reference period.

14.2. Punctuality

not evaluated

15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

not evaluated

15.2. Comparability - over time

not evaluated

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Eurostat validates the data by cross-checking the received tables, in co-operation with the countries when necessary.

15.4. Coherence - internal

not evaluated

16. Cost and Burden Top

not evaluated

17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

not evaluated

17.2. Data revision - practice

Not applicable

18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

Census data sources (full questionnaire based enumeration, population or other administrative registers, sample surveys etc.)

18.2. Frequency of data collection


18.3. Data collection

Not applicable

18.4. Data validation

Eurostat validates the data by cross-checking the received tables, in co-operation with the countries when necessary.

18.5. Data compilation


18.6. Adjustment

not applicable

19. Comment Top

Netherlands does not proceed to a real census but data result from a census made from a sample of persons.

Related metadata Top

Annexes Top