Greek cen­sus be­gins to­day

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More than 50,000 peo­ple will to­day be­gin vis­it­ing thou­sands of Greek homes as part of the coun­try’s first cen­sus for 10 years in a process that will last two weeks.

The Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (EL­STAT) said that it has hired 55,000 peo­ple to help it carry out the cen­sus, which will in­volve em­ploy­ees car­ry­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and wear­ing spe­cial badges vis­it­ing house­holds around the coun­try over the next two weeks.

Each visit should last no more than half an hour. Dur­ing that time, res­i­dents will be asked de­tails about their home, such as its year of con­struc­tion and its size, as well as about them­selves. The lat­ter ques­tions will in­cluded ones about the in­ter­vie­wee’s age and ed­u­ca­tion. New ques­tions, such as ones about In­ter­net ac­cess and the home’s en­ergy sources have been added to the ques­tion­naire for this cen­sus.

If peo­ple are not home when the statis­ti­cians call, they will be left a card with the de­tails they need to ar­range an ap­point­ment. EL­STAT said it would not be ap­ply­ing the law that al­lows peo­ple who do not co­op­er­ate with cen­sus of­fi­cials to be fined up to 50,000 eu­ros.

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