Bratislava not satisfied with census results, city demands explanation
The mayors believe that the census result shows fewer inhabitants of Bratislava than in reality.
The city of Bratislava and its districts are not satisfied with the first published data from this year’s census.
The municipality of Bratislava claims that the Statistical Office has recognized the data of 20,000 inhabitants less than those registered. This would mean the loss of around one million euros for the city.
Mayor Matúš Vallo and the mayors of Bratislava asked the statistics office for a credible explanation. They will consider further action based on the office’s response.
“We request the Bureau of Statistics to publish the detailed data processing methods for Bratislava and to provide the districts of Bratislava with the lists of counted and uncounted inhabitants into a final number of inhabitants with permanent residence,” Vallo said. by TASR newswire. .
20,000 inhabitants less
Mayor Vallo and the mayors of the boroughs state that there are more people living in Bratislava than indicated in the census results. The Statistics Office counted 475,503 inhabitants of the capital. Representatives of the municipality of Bratislava say the number is lower by around 20,000 people.
“More than 500,000 people live in Bratislava,” Vallo said, adding that this number is probably increased by 100,000, leaving 600,000 people in Bratislava without a permanent residence.
A correct census is important for the financing of Bratislava, according to him. In the past, the capital and the boroughs complained that Bratislava was strapped for finances during the 2011 census. This year, the mayors tried to change that with a massive campaign.
Estimates from government analysts, municipalities of Bratislava and the Bureau of Statistics itself have demonstrated a higher number of inhabitants of Bratislava.
“We know that the permanent residence of people who live in Bratislava is slightly less than 500,000, or even approaching that number,” Vallo said. “The data for the Bratislava region is important in terms of the use of European funds.”
Fewer people mean less money
Ján Hrčka, mayor of Petržalka, said that if the Statistical Office did not recognize the other 15,000 to 20,000 people he is sure live here, it would mean around 5 million euros less every year. In ten years, it will be 50 million euros, which “is no longer funny”, according to Hrčka. He added that they can prove that there are 20,000 more inhabitants.
Jasmína Stauder, spokesperson for the 2021 census, told TASR that in December the Bureau of Statistics released data on the number of inhabitants down to the district level. These data are available at www.scitanie.sk.
“The Statistical Office will publish data on the number of inhabitants in municipalities, and thus also in districts of the city of Bratislava, in January 2022. Of course, after the publication of the data, we will provide information on the internationally applied and valid census method, clarify information and communicate with municipalities,” she said.