In the pandemic 2021, the census, which is compulsory for all Polish residents, starts in the shadow of the third wave of the pandemic. And it’s better not to forget about it as it can be expensive.

  • On April 1, 2021, the Census of Housing and Population starts
  • Participation in the census is obligatory for all persons residing in the territory of Poland, including foreigners
  • We have to make an inventory online. In the event that it turns out to be impossible, we can ask for a telephone list or a visit of an enumerator in the apartment
  • Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to 5,000. PLN

Who is subject to the inventory

According to the act, the obligation to register covers: all natural persons “permanently residing and temporarily staying in apartments, buildings and other inhabited rooms that are not flats”, as well as “persons who do not have a place of residence”.

This means that not only Polish citizens but also foreigners staying in Poland at the time of the census have to do. The obligation is also imposed on Poles who have emigrated.

In addition, the inventory includes “apartments, buildings, collective accommodation and inhabited non-residential premises. We will inform ourselves about our apartments. . In the case of uninhabited premises, the obligation will fall on their managers.

Secondly, in the case of people for whom, for various reasons, an independent online census will prove impossible, two alternative methods have been envisaged – a telephone directory or a visit of an enumerator at home . To use them, however, you have to hurry and report such a need at the latest on May 31, 2021 by calling the census hotline 22 279 99 99.

How to check the calculator

If an enumerator knocks on our door from April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, we are required to talk to him. Due to the possibility of fraud, methods of its verification have been made available. First, he will have to use the appropriate ID, the specimen of which will be on the website of the central statistical officer . Its characteristic feature will be a three-dimensional hologram.

Importantly, we do not have to stop at this stage. Before the enumerator is admitted to the apartment, it will also be possible to verify by phone whether the person who claims to be a representative of statistical services actually is. It is enough to call the census hotline or to the Voivodeship Census Offices in the Voivodeship Statistical Offices or the appropriate Commune Census Bureau.

Participation in the census is mandatory and failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by punishment. In this case, it is a fine of up to 5,000. PLN.

The census form, which will be made available by the CSO in four languages ​​(Polish, English, Russian and Ukrainian), will contain several dozen questions, which will differ slightly depending on our family, housing, “emigration” or “immigration” situation.

The main categories of information collected are:

  • data of the person being written off;
  • address of residence, including information about the place of permanent and temporary residence and what type of building we live in;
  • data of people living in the same flat / house;
  • questions about possible emigrants who were registered at a given address, incl. for the year they left Poland;
  • family relationships limited to a father, mother, spouse or partner;
  • information about the apartment / house, including its size, year of construction, form of ownership, heating method, and even a question about the use of renewable energy;
  • person questionnaire;
  • short- or long-term immigrant questionnaire – this is an option for people living outside Poland.

Person questionnaire – what questions

Most and most accurate questions will be given to the respondents in the “personal questionnaire” category. Therefore, it is worth getting ready before starting the census. We will be asked about:

  • What is your country of birth (according to the current country borders)?
  • What is your country of citizenship?
  • Where did you live a year ago (March 31, 2020)?
  • Since when did you live in the place of your current residence?
  • Have you ever stayed abroad for at least one year?
  • What is your marital status?
  • Do you have an informal relationship with another person?
  • What is your highest completed level of education?
  • What is your nationality? – in the case of this question, apart from the answers from the list, you will also be able to enter the answers manually
  • Do you also feel belonging to another nation or ethnic community? – here, everyone will be able to enter the answers on their own
  • What language (s) are you usually using at home?
  • To which religious denomination (church or denomination) do you belong?
  • Do you have limited ability to perform daily activities due to health problems lasting 6 months or more?
  • Please, indicate current disease groups that cause difficulties in performing daily activities.
  • Which of the indicated groups of diseases is the main cause of the limitations / difficulties you feel?
  • Do you have a valid certificate of disability, degree of disability, incapacity for work or invalidity?
  • During the week from March 25 to March 31, 2021, did you perform any work that brought you earnings or income, or did you help without contractual remuneration in your family business?
  • In the indicated week, did you have work, but did not perform it temporarily due to vacation (including holiday, maternity, parental leave), illness, caring for another person, bad weather conditions, etc.?
  • Were you actively looking for a job in the period from March 1 to March 31, 2021? (if you answer yes, some additional questions will appear)
  • What profession did you work in?
  • Please provide the place where the main job is performed
  • What was the predominant type of activity of the institution / company that was your main place of work?
  • Did you work as: (a list will appear here, which will include, among others, an employee, self-employed, apprentice).

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