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Hellenic Republic
Ministry of National Economy
General Secretariat of the National Statistical Service of Greece (NSSG)

Population and Housing Census:
Basic instructions for completing census forms
March 18th 2001

  • All forms should be completed with a black pencil Faber (2b)
  • Fields colored pink should not be completed

One questionnaire will be completed per dwelling. The Population-Housing Census Form consists of an Instruction Sheet and Forms P-1 .l, P- 1.2a, P-l2b, P- 1.2c and P-1.3. If a household has more than three members, the corresponding number of P-1.2 or P-1.3a forms will be completed. For each vacant dwelling, only the separate P- 1.1 form will be completed.

Form M P-1.1

The geographical characteristics of the dwelling are recorded in this form. The municipality or commune is indicated in accordance with the "I. Kapodistrias" Law. The geographical code, sector, section, block number, etc. are specified in the relevant columns. The dwelling numbers (serial number or S/N of dwelling) will be continuous within each section and will be given by the enumerator in the order in which dwellings are enumerated (following the order in which buildings are registered in the list O-1). In the block column, dwellings located outside the Locality will be indicated by means of 4 dashes (----). The total number of respondents in a dwelling will be completed after the dwelling's enumeration.

Part A. Housing data

Question 1: Items 3, 4 and 5 will be completed only if there are residents in the dwelling on the census day.

Question 4: The period of construction or extensive reconstruction of the dwelling, and its total surface. If larger than 1000 square meters, write 998.

Question 5: Indicate the number of rooms in the dwelling, except the kitchen, including rooms that are used exclusively for professional purposes. Bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, staff rooms, regular attics or cellars, etc. should be counted, but not bathrooms, corridors, verandas, toilets, etc.

Question 6: Indicate whether the dwelling has a kitchen and whether it meets the requirements of a regular room (i.e., Is its area at least 4 square meters? Are the walls at least 2 meters high? Is there space for one bed?). If the kitchen area is part of the living room, the dwelling is classified as having a kitchen, but question 6b should be answered 2 (No).

Part B. Information pertaining to the householder, etc.

Question 4: Write down the number of rooms available for the household. If more than one household shares the dwelling, the rooms will be proportionately distributed among the households. If more than one household lives together in one room, all of these persons should be considered members of one household. If more than 5 persons unrelated to each other live in a dwelling, this will be considered a collective residence.

Question 5: Item 3 refers to cases where the use of a dwelling is transferred to another party without payment, arbitrary occupation (squatting), etc.

Question 6: To be completed after the enumeration of the household.

Part C. Household data
(relating to the members of the Household - forms p-1.2a, p-1.7-b. P-1.2c)

Fill in the serial number - S/N - of the household of which the respondent is a member.
Question 1: Write in block letters the surname and the first name of the father (or the husband for married or widowed women) of all persons who spent the night of 17th to 18th March in the household. In the case of children who do not yet have a name, write the word "unchristened". The household members should be listed in the following order: head (householder), spouse or cohabitant, unmarried children of the couple ranked in descending order by age, unmarried children with a cohabiting partner, married children ranked in descending order by age together with their spouses and children, the couple's parents, household help, boarders, and others. First list the household members, currently present or temporarily absent, and then list the house guests.

Question 4: Indicate if the respondent is a household member, present or temporarily absent, or a houseguest. If a member is temporarily absent (for a short period, due to holidays, hospitalization, professional obligations, detention, etc.) note the reason for his/her absence. Any person who spent the night in this household on census day is considered as being present. Even if a person is absent at the time of the enumerator's visit to the household, having gone to work, to church, to the coffee shop, to visit relatives or anywhere else, he/she will be registered as present. In addition, persons who on the previous night, were on duty, out having fun, working in the fields, or traveling within the country and were not registered in another place and will be returning in the morning, shall also be registered as present.

Question 5: Indicate the kinship or other relationship of the householder to persons 2 and next (e.g. spouse, child, father, etc.). All children (natural, adopted, stepchildren, either married or not) are considered children - excluding foster ones.

Question 7: This question refers to the legal marital status of persons.

Question 9: The citizenship may be ascertained by official documents such as identity card, passport, etc. Item 5 refers to persons whose citizenship is not resolved (due to unification or separation of the countries they come from). If an answer from 2-5 is given and the respondent resides in Greece, the Form P-13/Part D should be completed.

Question 10: Write down the municipality/commune where the respondent is registered, in accordance with the "I. Kapodistrias" Law. Not to be addressed to persons with citizenship other than Greek. It is not advisable to extract information from identity cards - they are not always reliable.

Question 11: Place of usual residence is the place where the household is settled. If the household uses two dwellings in different places, note the one where they reside most of the

Question 12: Not to be answered by children aged 12 months or less.

Question 13: Not to be answered by children born after December 31st, 1995.

Question 14: Only one answer, corresponding to the highest level of studies completed by the respondent. Post-secondary education comprises schools not belonging to Higher Education (Universities) for which secondary education certificate is required (e.g. Vocational Training Institutes / Centers, Colleges etc.). Not to be answered by children born later than 1-1-1995.

Question 15: An answer is required for respondents that have checked any item from 1-4 in question 14 and refers to the University or Technical Education Degree (items 3-4) they have attained. Supposing that the respondent has a PhD or Master's done in the University of Athens, he/she should note only the basic (University) degree, that is: a) Educational institution: University of Thessalonica, b) School: Sciences, c) Department: Chemistry, d) City: Thessalonica. If the degree was obtained abroad, the foreign country has to be noted.

Question 16: Working is any person that was working during the week prior to the census (12-17 March, 2001) even for one hour only, for money or without payment in the family business. The same answer applies also to persons who were absent from work because of illness, leave etc. Persons that started to work recently are considered as working, but not those who stopped working recently and have no intention of working in the future.

Question 19: Employer is a person who employs at least one person, excluding members of the household contributing in the family business without payment.

Question 20: Write down the actual number of hours worked. Overtime should be included, but not the hours lost due to strike, leave, illness or weather conditions.

Question 21: "Local unit" of an enterprise is the building or buildings located in one particular place. If the respondent is working in more than one location or at home, as "local unit" is considered the Administrative Department of the establishment.

Question 22: It refers to the respondent's occupation during the past 12 months, regardless of whether he/she was working at census time.

Question 23: Write down the hours usually worked, including usual overtime, in the main occupation.

Question 24: Item 1 refers to people moving continually, not presenting themselves in a certain place. When they present themselves in a particular place, item 3 or 4 is applied accordingly.

Question 25: Write down the total number of live births regardless of a woman's marital status. If she hasn't any live-born children, put dashes (--).

Question 26: Write down the total duration of marriage(s), excluding the period of widowhood, or the years between marriages.

Part D. Immigration data

Question 1: Write down the month only if the respondent has settled in Greece in 1998, 1999 or 2000. In case that the person left the country and came back again, take account of the most recent settlement, except for the case that the absence did not exceed three months.