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Tonga’s Population Census 2016 projected to be the same as 2011

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/02/2017

Tonga’s Population Census 2016 is projected to be the same as the Population Census in 2011.

Government’s Statistician – Viliami Fifita said, the Preliminary Count of the 2016 Population Census shows slight differences from more than 100,000 in 2011.

The report is yet to be disclosed to the public but Fifita says last year Tonga’s Population Census was fast, quick and conducted in very high level standard.

The Preliminary Count report was finalized in the beginning of this year and was later sent to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community – SPC to verify the figures and information collected.

Fifita added Statistic’s Department was able to solve minor problems faced during data collection.

Last year’s census, Tonga for the first time used the latest method for collection of information for Population Census with an electronic device- tablet.

It was conducted by almost 600 trained people mainly teachers.

The Population Census was funded by the Government with about TOP$1.6 million.

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