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Sample characteristics: Iceland

Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title 1703 Census of Iceland
Statistical agency Kingdom of Denmark
Population universe All inhabitants of Iceland
De jure or de facto De jure
Census/survey day N/A
Field work period N/A
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Not applicable
Sample fraction 100%
Sample size (person records) 51,003
Sample weights Not applicable
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography Commune
Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title 1729 Census of Iceland
Statistical agency Kingdom of Denmark
Population universe All inhabitants of Iceland
De jure or de facto De jure
Census/survey day N/A
Field work period N/A
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Full-count data for three counties: Rangárvallasýsla, Árnessýsla, and Hnappadalssýsla. More information available here.
Sample fraction 100%*
Sample size (person records) 8,072
Sample weights Not applicable
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography Commune
Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title Census of Iceland 1801
Statistical agency (Danish) Department of Finances
Population universe All persons present at the time of the census and temporarily absent "natives"
De jure or de facto De facto
Census/survey day February 1, 1801
Field work period February 1, 1801
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration in towns. In rural areas, vicars compiled lists of parish residents.
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Not applicable
Sample fraction 100%
Sample size (person records) 47,179
Sample weights Not applicable
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography Parish
Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title Census of Iceland 1901
Population universe All residents and guests who slept in the house the night of 31 October 1901 and temporarily absent residents
De jure or de facto De facto and de jure
Census/survey day November 1, 1901
Field work period November 1, 1901
Questionnaire Main form for persons present on census day. Supplementary form for persons absent on census day. Institutions were instructed to complete the main household form.
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Not applicable
Sample fraction 100%
Sample size (person records) 83,171
Sample weights Not applicable
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography Parish
Unit definitions
Households Persons who rented accommodation in a household but paid for their food there or elsewhere were included in that household. Persons who lived alone and provided their own food were considered a separate household.
Collective dwellings Enumerators were instructed to enumerate public institutions (hospitals, prisons, resident schools, etc.) and guest houses using the main form in the same manner as for private households. The household of the director or supervisor of the institution was enumerated separately.
Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title Census of Iceland 1910
De jure or de facto De facto and de jure
Census/survey day N/A
Field work period N/A
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Not applicable
Sample fraction 100%
Sample size (person records) 90,570
Sample weights Not applicable
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography Parish