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Brazil Aims for World's 'Most Perfect' Population Census

23 August 2010
Author: UNFPA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Come Dec. 31, about 68 countries are expected to complete the arduous task of taking an accurate head count of the number of people living within their geographical borders.

The demographic census, which traditionally takes place every 10 years in different countries in different time frames, will this year cover nearly half the world's population of 6.7 billion people.

The countries undertaking the 2010 census include the United States, Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cape Verde, Finland, Argentina, Bolivia and Zambia, among others.

But Brazil, the world's fifth largest country and the biggest in South America, has stolen a march over most others by conducting its first-ever paperless, all-digital fully-computerised nationwide census.

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Brazil
Population : 212.4 mil
Fertility rate
1.7
Maternal Mortality Ratio
44
Contraceptives prevalence rate
80
Population aged 10-24
23%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 80%
Girls 84%

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