APH 2002, 60, 69-72:

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The census and health: commentaries about the 2001 Belgian Census.

V. Lorant, H. Van Oyen, P. Deboosere and P. Humblet

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In 2001,like many other countries, Belgium is carrying out its population census5. Such huge and wide scope statistical task may appear old-fashioned in an era when investigators and policy makers count with valid and competitive sources of information from numerous surveys and adminis­trative databases. As this letter aims to show, this is not the case.

The census in Belgium still the only comprehensive databank where demographic and administrative data are linked to crucial socio-economic indicators. It is also the only source of information for numerous data for small geographical units (municipalities and neighbourhoods).