The preparation for the 2011 Census in Iceland is now well underway. The reference date for the census is 31 December 2011. The census will be based on registers, primarily data sources from the National register of Iceland as well as records from other institutions. With a register based census both time and resources will be saved.
The 2011 census will provide information on the population, education, employment, as well as families and households. Furthermore, reliable and extensive information on housing, the number of apartments, summerhouses, vacant flats as well as other information on the housing situation in Iceland will be published by Statistics Iceland for the first time in 50 years. Information will be largely available for each municipality, not only for regions or larger areas.
According to a European Union regulation from 2008, EU member states are required to conduct a census every ten years, the first in 2010 or 2011. The regulation was incorporated into the EEA Agreement which obliges Iceland to take part. National censuses are of great value and make comparison between nations possible, since censuses are conducted in most countries of the world.
Confidentiality of personal data will be guaranteed in the census according to Act no 77/2000 on the Protection of Privacy as regards the Processing of Personal Data.