23 October 2011
While the Department of Statistics is preparing for the 2011 National Population Census enumeration in the Kingdom on November 30, we remember the first ever celebration of Statistics Day in 2010, the day was dedicated to strengthening awareness about the importance of the work done by statisticians, and the significant contributions of official statistics in facilitating the work of government.
To reiterate its importance, the next Tonga Population Census which is undertaken by the Statistics Department, is less than a month away.
The Census will count everyone in the country and collects information about characteristics of populations and housing in different villages, districts and island groups.
Statistics are vital tool for economic and social development in order to assess statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease. The information collected from the Census will be of significant importance in the country's collective endeavor to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Data from the Census also used is to ensure equity in the distribution of government services and the allocation of government funds among various sectors and districts for educational and health services.
The last Census was held in 2006 When it was determined that the total population in Tonga was 101,991, compared with 97,784 people in 1996. This represented an increase of 4.3% or 4,207 people between 1996 - 2006
As the Department continues their preparatory work for the upcoming census, it acknowledges the support of the public, and urges every citizen in Tonga to work together with the Statistics Department and Civil society stakeholders in order to ensure a successful Census in 2011.
The Department of Statistics appeals to all sectors of society to join Government in mobilizing every person to participate in Census 2011.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.