The legally resident population of Greece fell beneath 10 million in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 census announced by the Hellenic Statistical Authority on Tuesday. Based on the number of registered inhabitants in each municipality in the country, the number of legal residents is 9,903,268 people. Based on temporary figures released by ELSTAT on July 22, 2011 shortly after the completion of the census, the total population of the country was 10,787,690 individuals, though European Union estimates of the Greek population on January 1, 2011 were significantly higher at 11,329,600 individuals - a difference partly attributed to the reluctance of illegal migrants and citizens fearful of crime to open their doors to census takers. http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/57391 Athens News August 2012
The Greek census, 2011
, is currently being carried out across Greece. If you are not sure what to do you can click to the official help page
where you will find 10 questions and answers in nine languages. Greek, English, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Albanian, and languages spoken in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Here is the English translation.
What do I have to do for the Census?
You just have to open the door to the Enumerator and cooperate with him/her.
You will not be asked to show any identification papers, such as identification card, passport, VAT number, etc
Do I have to move to the place where my family is registered or to the place where I vote?
No, the population will be enumerated at the place of its usual residence in Greece.
What if I am not at home, when the enumerator comes to my home?
The Census will last for fifteen days.
In case you are not at home when the enumerator first comes, he/she will leave a message with his/her contact information (name, phone number) in order to get in touch with him/her and arrange a meeting.
What if only one of the members of the household is at home?
There in no need for all of the members of a household to be present.
The presence of one member of the household, who is able to provide the needed information for all members, is adequate.
What is the use of the Census?
It is very important to know the population of Greece—both the Greek and the foreign nationals that are in Greece.
It is also important to have a clear picture of the country and of its regions (e.g., the level of the residents’ educational attainment), something that will help us plan a better future.
What will the enumerator ask me?
The enumerator will ask questions regarding your dwelling and the persons living in it.
Questions to persons concern their age, profession, education, employment status, etc..
What if I do not speak Greek?
There will be interpreters for this purpose, as well as Census questionnaires translated into several foreign languages
What if I have no formal documents proving my legal status in the country?
No document will be requested from anyone.
This holds for any kind of legal document.
All present in Greece should be enumerated.
Will this information be used only for the Census or for other purposes as well?
The data that you will provide are only for the purposes of the Census and will be used for the compilation of aggregated statistical tables and indices.
Personal data and data of households are absolutely confidential, in compliance with the European legislation and National Law.
It is very important to be truthful in your answers without any concern.
How will I know that the person that will ring my doorbell is an official Census Enumerator?
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.
Census contact page here
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