New method of collecting data on households and families
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia publishes data on households
and families for total population of Slovenia as of 1 January 2011 for the first
time on the basis of administrative sources. So far data on households and
families for total population have been collected only by conventional (field)
censuses (the last one with the reference date of 31 March 2002). The primary
the Household Register, maintained by the Ministry of the Interior, auxilary
source are the Central Population Register data on spouses and biological ties
between parents and children.
The new statistical definition of household
The basic concepts of the new definition of private household and of the
statistical derivation of families in the scope of household are:
The usual residence was defined according to the new definition of population
(introduced in 2009), based on permanent and/or temporary residence in Slovenia.
The households (i.e. persons with the same household number living at the same
address) were self-declared and entered in the Household Register.
The relation to the reference person of the household is in line with the entry
in the Household Register.
Dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings are numbered in the Central Population
Data, determining spouses and biological ties between parents and children,
exist in the Central Population Register.
Statistical methods are used for determining households and families.
Use of the previously valid definition of a household, based on economic
criteria (sharing income for covering the basic costs of living), has been
discontinued. According the new definition, a (private) household is a group of
population (or resident living alone) living in the same dwelling with the same
The statistical definition of a family is harmonized with international
The statistical definition of a family has not been changed since the 2002
Census and it is harmonized with the international recommendations for the 2010
Census round and with the EU Regulation on population and housing censuses. A
family (nucleus) is thus defined in the narrow sense as two or more persons who
live in the same private household and who are related as:
Parents (one or both) and children who live with both or one of the parents. The
age of children is not limited, however they must not have their own families or
live in consensual unions;
A married man and woman;
Partners who live in a consensual union.
This concept of a family thus limits the relationships between children and
adults to direct (first-degree) relationships. If there are three or more
generations in a household, the family formation starts at the bottom at the
youngest generation. In case of a father, a daughter and a granddaughter, the
lone mother family members are daughter and granddaughter, while the father is a
non-family member of the household.