2021 Czech census to include only two genders, fine for non-completion

The new census leaves no options for transgender people

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 13.08.2020 10:17:40 (updated on 13.08.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

The 2021 Czech census will simplify and eliminate some questions and only include two gender options, assigned automatically when you put in your birth number, according to news details released this week by the Czech Statistical Office.

The biggest difference from the 2011 census is that next year, most participants will be able to fill out the details online in about 15 minutes, according to a report in Seznam Zpravy. In addition, you will be able to fill out the form for people in your household who can’t use the computer well, such as elderly people and children.

The online census will be available from March 27 to April 9. If you do not fill out the form electronically, you will receive a paper version from a census commissioner through the Czech Post from April 17 to May 11. In addition, 800 locations across the country will allow people to come in and pick up forms to fill out.

Another big change this year is the types of questions on the census. In 2021, there will only be two options for gender: male and female. When you fill out your birth number, the document will automatically fill in certain parts of the form, like your gender and your ID card number. The census leaves no options for transgender people.

In addition, certain questions that made the census lengthy will now be removed, officials said.

“Questions about household equipment such as a bathroom or personal computer will be completely eliminated, and questions about the size of the apartment, education or commuting will be simplified. We place great emphasis on the security and protection of personal data,” says Robert Šanda, Director of the CZSO Population Statistics Department.

The census will continue to ask questions about education, children, household occupants, occupation and more.

Some parts, like the religion and nationality sections, will remain open to whatever answer Czechs want to give. In 2011, for example, 15,000 people identified their religion as Jedi Knights from the movie Star Wars.

In 2021, failure to fill out the form in a timely manner or filling out the form with intentionally incorrect information will result in a fine. The fine will range up to half a million Crowns.

More than 25,000 households will receive a test census in September and October of this year; the test census will be voluntary.

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