The main objectives of the census were to provide government, policy makers, planners and researchers with an update on the size and distribution of the population, and its demographic and socio-economic characteristics. The census was implemented in three phases:
-Pre-enumeration phase (preparatory activities)
-Enumeration phase (data collection)
-Post-enumeration phase (data coding, data capture, data validation, analysis and publication / dissemination).
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
Unit of Analysis
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
National Bureau of Statistics
Republic of Seychelles
Government of Seychelles
Fully funded census
The census adopted the “de jure” method which entailed a complete count of the resident population present from the 26th to 30th August 2010, including
those who were temporarily absent for up to 3 months beyond the start of the main census dates. This provision took into consideration household members who were
out of the country for a short duration during the census taking. Household members were counted by identifying usual residents with the 3-month time-frame criterion
for inclusion. That is, a household member who was absent from his/her usual place of residence for more than 3 months would be counted at his/her place of
current residence at the time of enumeration. Trained personnel collected the data by administering a precoded questionnaire in face-to- face interviews. The unit
of enumeration was the individual identified through lists of households and institutions on census area maps, as well as temporary dwellings such as boats and outdoor
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
The field staff which constituted mostly teachers and other public service officers was recruited in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. A large proportion of the field staff already had experience in census data collection. Permanent staff of the NBS played supervisory roles as well as enumerators. Employees from both the public and private sectors were recruited and trained to assist with data processing.
Type of Research Instrument
For the first time, questions on disability and crime were also included in the census questionnaire. The questions on disability sought to take stock and establish the profile of the population that had some form of physical and / or mental impairment either from birth or through accidents. The questions on crime were in relation to whether in the twelve months preceding the census, any member of the household had been subject to any form of crime committed against their person or their property. Information on the housing stock, type, condition and tenure were also collected as well as amenities available in the households. Questions on economic activities carried out by the household related to agriculture and fishing and other home-based manufacturing activities.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
National Bureau of Statistics, Republic of Seychelles. Population and Housing Census 2010 (PHC 2010). Ref. SYC_2010_PHC_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.