While Montenegrin authorities claims the next population census should be routine statistical endeavor, ongoing political and national tensions risk increasing sharp ethnic divisions in the tiny Adriatic country, analysts warn.
A census in Montenegro will be held from November 1 and the first results could be expected by the end of the year.
For decades, censuses have been a sensitive topic in the small multiethnic country of 625,000 people, mostly made up of Montenegrins and Serbs.
According to the last census, from 2011, roughly 45 per cent of the population identify as Montenegrin, 30 per cent as Serb, 8.6 per cent as Bosniak and 4.5 per cent as Albanian.
Source : Balkans Insight