Census continuing until 24th May. Somebody may call at your home and if you are not there leave a message to make an appointment. If you are there, you will be requested to answer a few basic questions. The official Census Enumerator will carry on him/her a badge with the official ELSTAT stamp, his/her name, as well as the name and phone number of his/her Supervisor.
If you have any doubt, you can contact ELSTAT headquarters at: 213 135 2138-40.
I also had a visit from a Census Enumerator two days ago.
We just have a holiday home in Corfu at the moment as we do not live here full time.
Very nice chap, but some strange questions compared to a British census.
1. Do you live here full time or just for holidays.
2. What size is your house.
3. How many rooms do you have disregarding bathrooms.
4. Do you have a swimming pool.
5. Do you have central heating.
6. Do you have a telephone.
7. Do you have an internet connection.
8. Do you recycle your waste.
8. Do you have double glazing.
Probably missed a couple.
But hey, ho I try to be as honest as possible.
Also did not have to sign anything.
Message posted by chrysilla on 18 May 2011 at 8:49pm - IP Logged
Census is usually taken by someone who lives in the vicinity (we always have someone we know)... this is so they know where all the houses are & people don't get missed... maybe they just answered some of our questions themselves beforehand if they knew the answers!
We had someone the other day (our niece) so maybe she had answered all the questions she knew beforehand as only asked about DOB, work and when married, but she did make me laugh when I asked her about our sister in law who is a bit like the queen and seems to have two birthdays. My niece told me if someone cannot remember their DOB just put the 01/01 and then the year they were born if they know there age
Hi all, think we were actually the first in Lakones to be 'done'! That was on Monday 'teatime'! The two young ladies were with us for half an hour at most and both spoke a good amount of English, although we, as usual, attempted to torture them with our bad Greek! Think they are popping back for coffee and a look at our piccies when time allows!!!
Message posted by janmanessi on 25 May 2011 at 10:50pm - IP Logged
Really was not a problem Jan. Although the census forms could be filled in and sent off or completed online. There was also the option of obtaining the forms in other languages as with most official documents in the UK now.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 25 May 2011 at 11:43pm - IP Logged
Thats correct Elliemay. The form was available in Greek. I noticed the option when I did mine online. It's also going to more accurate as everyone fills it in, not just a few who happen to be in when they call.
Message posted by Lavinia on 26 May 2011 at 12:57am - IP Logged
A delightful young man arrived on my doorstep yesterday evening asking where my neighbour's house was to do the census. Our house was not on his list at all and he was very surprised to find me at home, he just saw me outside and asked about our neighbours! Our house was the first one built in this area in the early 1980s and is still known locally as "the doctor's house" even though my late husband (a surgeon) died nearly 25 years ago. Our house is quite well known to the locals and I think the fact that information is not up to date may cause problems, or people falling through the net.
It took less than five minutes to answer the very simple questions - hardly an ordeal... I then discovered he spoke very good English as after we had completed the census in Greek he conversed at length with my British brother who is staying with me at the moment and who speaks not a word of Greek.
I had a visit and was asked all the questions - including was our water from a well or mains, was toilet pipes inside or outside. I didnt really understand why they needed to know if we had double glazing???
Message posted by janmanessi on 26 May 2011 at 10:03am - IP Logged
Think a Greek census probably as useless as the UK one (which I am informed is going to be the last one done). Considering the population mix here, how is a census going to be carried out accurately and therefore a waste of time and money.
Message posted by Elliemay on 27 May 2011 at 10:43pm - IP Logged
Are you referring to the UK or Greece when you say "here"?
If you are referring to the UK, as already has been stated in this topic the census form, both online or the form that you complete are offered in several languages as with most Government forms in the UK.
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