The census provides complete and high-quality statistical data on the population, its age and gender structure, educational and marital structure, economic activity, the structure of households and families, and the housing stock. The collected data are extremely important for the assessment of the current situation, as well as for future planning and adoption of various strategies, both at the national and local level.

The Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia will be conducted in the period from October 1 to 31, 2022, in accordance with the Law on the Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in 2022 (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 9/2020 and 35/2021).

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia will engage 2,500 instructors for the purposes of conducting the Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in 2022.

The appropriate number of instructors will be engaged for each municipality/city, depending on its size and the required number of enumerators. On average, one instructor is responsible for monitoring the work of seven enumerators.

The instructors are hired for the period from August 23 to October 31, 2022, under a contract for temporary and occasional work (unemployed persons, part-time employees, old-age pensioners) or under a contact for additional work (full-time employees working with another employer, i.e. those whose employer is not the Republic of Serbia), and the number of required instructors is defined by the municipalities and cities.

The public call for applications for candidates was published on June 24, 2022 on the website of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and on the Census website and it contains general and special conditions which candidates should fill in, as well as a description of the entire candidate selection procedure.

Interested citizens can submit their application by filling out an electronic application, available on the website of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia  and on the website of the Census until July 3, 2022.

According to the estimate of the Statistical Office from July 2021, the number of inhabitants in the Republic of Serbia in 2020 was 6,899,126. Disaggregated by gender, 51.3 percent are women (3,538,820), and 48.7 percent are men (3,360,306). The depopulation trend continued which means that the population growth rate, compared to the previous year, is negative and amounted to -6.7 percent.

The Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia 2022 is financed by the EU and co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The European Union’s support for the public administration reform in Serbia is worth over EUR 200 million, from 2000 to this day. The funds intended for public administration are used for the professionalization of administration, the development of electronic services, the management of public finance and the improvement of the work of local self-governments and independent institutions.

Public administration reform is one of the most important elements of Serbia’s EU accession process, and in 2014 it was also placed at the forefront of the negotiations. A modern and professional public administration is a key element for every EU member state in order to effectively implement laws and manage EU funds transparently.

The EU support is carried out in cooperation with the Government of Serbia. The European Union is a larger development donor to Serbia than all other international donors combined. The EU donations are used for the development of Serbia.