PristinaÂ – Kosovo has begun registering people and recording their financial statistics in a pilot scheme in five cities in preparation for a complete census.
Local commissions will carry out the surveys, as per the instructions set by the Commission for the Republic, headed by deputy Local Governance Minister, Rifat Blaku.
Kosovoâ€™s government will launch its complete registration programme in April next year.
There has been no census in Kosovo since 1982, when it was still part of the former Yugoslavia.
Statistics on unemployment and personal wealth are largely contested due to a blurred view of the number of people living in Kosovo.
United Nations statistics reveal Kosovo has a population of about two million people.
More than 90 percent of them are ethnic Albanian while Serbs constitute the largest ethnic minority.