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Bratislava, Source: City of Bratislava

Bratislava launches promotional campaign for citizens to register in national census

Bratislava launches promotional campaign for citizens to register in national census

If all residents of the capital are registered, the city could receive an additional 10 million euros each year

Earlier last week, the Slovak capital of Bratislava launched an information campaign for the 2021 census, which will take place online from mid-February to the end of March this year. The census covers the whole of Slovakia. Today, at least half a million people live in Bratislava. If all of them add up, Bratislava will receive an additional 10 million euros a year, as in the last census in 2011, 65,000 fewer people were counted compared to the actual number of residents.

That means that Bratislava has paid extra for the last 10 years. The funds that it now stands a chance of securing can then be invested in the development of the city, the improvement of services and the added value of the census will be felt by all people living in Bratislava.

Securing more funds for the benefit of all

The main face of the information campaign is Milan Lasica and its music was provided by Miro Žbirka. Both are also Bratislava residents, who thus supported the city's initiative in the census.

After 10 years, Bratislava has the opportunity to re-count its inhabitants and obtain fair funding for the capital, which was cut in the last census in 2011.

"In 2011, there were 65,000 fewer people than there really are in Bratislava. If we all add up now, Bratislava will receive more than 10 million euros a year more, that is, more than 100 million over the next 10 years. Every citizen now has a unique opportunity to help our city get, for example, better transport, greenery, parking, playgrounds, public spaces and better maintenance. All you have to do is fill in the online census questionnaire from 15 February,” said the Mayor of the Capital City of Bratislava, Matúš Vallo.

With the campaign, authorities want to draw the attention of not only Bratislava residents, but also of people who live in Bratislava without permanent residence. It is important that they all fill in the online census form and show that they visit Bratislava daily.

The more residents the census shows, the more money Bratislava will get into its budget. The city then invests this money in improving roads, sidewalks, public spaces, transport development, parking, greenery, culture, housing and in supporting socially disadvantaged groups.

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