On April 1, 2021, the National Population and Housing Census (Narodowy Spis Powszechny Ludności i Mieszkań – NSP) begins in Poland. Population censuses are conducted in Poland every 10 years and give a picture of the country’s national, ethnic and religious structure. The census data will tell us, among others, about the ethnic and national minorities, religious diasporas, foreigners living in Poland, as well as about the conditions they live in and problems they face. Many organisations will use this data in their activities over the next ten years.
When is the Census happening?
The National Population and Housing Census will take place from April 1 to September 30, 2021.
How to participate?
The main way to participate in the Census is to fill in the online questionnaire at spis.gov.pl. The questionnaire is also available in English.
If you’re not able to take part online, you can do it by calling 22 279 99 99 helpline.
Important! Yon can participate in the Census only personally.
What data is collected?
Participants will answer questions about their demographic characteristics (sex, age, address, marital status, country of birth and citizenship), nationality, language spoken, religion, education and employment, year of arrival in Poland, disability status, and housing conditions. More detailed information (in Polish) can be found here.
Who can participate and how to do it?
According to Polish law, participation in the National Population and Housing Census is mandatory. The census covers the entire population, both Polish citizens and foreigners, including those living in Poland on a permanent basis, who at the time of the census are abroad. It does not address the issues of the basis and legality of stay in Poland. The information provided in the survey will be kept confidential and may be used only for statistical purposes.
The main way to participate in the Census is to fill in the online questionnaire at spis.gov.pl. You can use your computer, mobile phone or any other similar device.
If you’re not able to take part online, you can do it by calling 22 279 99 99 helpline. It is available from Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm.
Alternatively, If you do none of these things, you will be contacted by a census taker either in person or by phone. You can expect a phone call from a census taker from May 4. The call will come from 22 828 88 88.
Get it done with us!
Do you want to take part in the Census, but it seems a bit complicated and need support? Please see guidance prepared by GUS (pl: Główny Urząd Statystyczny, en: Statistics Poland) on how to do it online (in English):
Need some more general information? In the time of coronavirus, our Help Center for Foreigners will help you remotely! Send an e-mail to: [email protected] and put „2021 NSP” in the subject line. If you want us to contact you quickly, you can also send us your phone number – it will make communication easier and shorten the waiting time for our response.
Please note that we do not provide technical support on the Census website.
The assistance we provide is free of charge.