Germans will soon be counted again

Amidst arguments about the costs, German parliament paved the way for the 2021 census.

Germans will soon be counted again

Berlin (dpa) - Germany will conduct a full census of its population in 2021, after the lower house of parliament passed the relevant legislation on Thursday.

The census will take in the population and buildings. As with the last census in 2011, data already known to the authorities will form the basis, with questionnaires sent to a random sample used to complement the data.

Costs are put at just under 1 billion euros (1.1 billion dollars), with the 16 states expected to stump up the bulk.

Objecting to this, Ingbert Liebing, an official from the north-western state of Schleswig-Holstein told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper that the states could seek to delay passage through the upper house.

Costs for the last census, including preparation, collecting the data, processing and evaluation, came in at 667 million euros.