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Qatar: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and marital status (2015)

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Qataris Non-Qataris Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Never Married 35,722 35,183 70,905 290,291 86,568 376,859 326,013 121,751 447,764
Married 56,253 51,772 108,025 1,372,010 259,093 1,631,103 1,428,263 310,865 1,739,128
Divorced 1,304 4,069 5,373 2,467 2,659 5,126 3,771 6,728 10,499
Widowed 524 5,584 6,108 1,159 3,050 4,209 1,683 8,634 10,317
Total 93,803 96,608 190,411 1,665,927 351,370 2,017,297 1,759,730 447,978 2,207,708

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labor Force Sample survey 2015


1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2015 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2015: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 44,756 persons, in 6,953 households: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households;
Data Collection: The sample was divided into equal parts to collect data monthly. Each month 1/3 of the quarterly data were collected during the first two weeks of the month.
Reference period for the labour force data: the week prior to data collection day.
Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households present in Qatar on the night of survey, living in normal and collective households.
The collective households are a group of persons not related to each other and sharing living conditions in a residential unit, I.e. labour camps, students living boarding schools, nurses in hospitals… etc. The survey covered the small collective households (includes less than 7 persons) and large collective households (includes 7 persons or more).
The survey did not cover short periods accommodation, i.e. hotels.

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

3. Data availability

The Statistics Authority conducted the first labour Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis. Quarterly publications of Labour Force Surveys’ data are also available since 2012.
2015′ and earlier Labour Force Surveys can be downloaded from MDPS’s website, in PDF and Excel format:
See also Qatar Information Exchange for earlier Labour Force Surveys. QIX has also an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:

Last date of access: April 2017.

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