Census fiasco underway as local Macedonians use VPN to register ‘overseas’


Website census.stat.gov.mk was suppose to be available only to Macedonians living abroad. The data is then sent to Bulgaria, since the platform is managed by an IT firm Scalefocus based in Sofia.

However, thanks to the poor application design, any resident in Macedonia can use a free VPN service and register on the website as if they live outside of Macedonia.

Needless to say, the Bulgarian census operation has had a shaky start.