Volume 17 - Article 12 | Pages 339-368

Numbering same-sex couples in censuses and population registers

By Patrick Festy

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Date received:08 Dec 2006
Date published:23 Nov 2007
Word count:9732
Keywords:census, population registers, same-sex couples


The recommendations recently issued by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) for the next round of population and housing censuses underline for the first time that some countries might find it in their interest to enumerate same-sex couples. Many pitfalls can be expected when such a sensitive topic is newly included in a census. The experience of the few western countries that have already taken initiatives in this direction helps identify difficulties to be faced and suggest "good practices" to be adopted. Coverage is extended to countries which rely on permanent registers rather than periodic censuses to enumerate their population.

Author's Affiliation

Patrick Festy - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]

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