Prishtina [Pristina], 25 April: The registration of the population and property in Kosova [Kosovo] will be held in the spring of 2006 at a cost to the Kosova Government of 8 million euros. Officials of the Ministry of Public Services and the Kosova bureau of statistics confirmed this on Monday [25 April].
According to government officials, the population census in Kosova has been dragged out since 1999 as a result of the lack of a law on a census. The Kosova population has not been registered since 1981. Meanwhile, Serbia, which claims that Kosova is part of it, has conducted a census without including Kosova.
It is believed over 2 million people live in Kosova, while a large number of its citizens live abroad and a number of others are displaced.