The Preliminary Results of the Population and Housing Census 2015 were launched by the Prime Minister, Rui Maria de Araújo, on the 21st October 2015 at a special event held in Hotel Timor, Dili, Timor-Leste. The 2015 Census is the Timor-Leste’s third since the restoration of independence in 2002 and the first to be carried out by the Timorese with the minimal support from external experts.
The Preliminary Results set out the provisional figures for population, growth rates, sex ratio, density, urban/rural distribution and household size to the level of municipality and population/sex ratio to the level of Municipality/Administrative Post.
The results showed that total population of Timor-Leste as of July 2015 was about 1.2 million. It is an increase of about 9.5% from the last Census conducted in 2010 and a national annualized average growth of 1.8%.
Mr. Antonio Freitas, Director General of Statistic, stated that the follow up activities will be to provide detailed reports and tables on Municipality, Administrative and Suco levels and thematic reports on various topics like Fertility and Nuptiality, Mortality, Population Projections, Migration and Urbanization, Housing, Labour Force, Disability, Literacy and Education, Gender, youth and Census Atlas.
The launch was chaired directly by the Prime Minister, and attended by the Minister and Vice of Finance, DG Statistics and Staff. The successful implementation of the 2015 Census was also owed to the support given by donors namely the UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF, BPS and the Indonesian and Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as the involvement of private sectors such as Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor prior to and during the Census. The next step will be to “better understand the dynamics of our growth and to better serve the needs of our people”, noted Agio Pereira, Spokesperson for the Sixth Constitutional Government.