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Abstract: This paper highlights some of the distinguished episodes in the
history of survey sampling in Greece. There are many themes common to other
National Statistics Offices (NSOs). Survey sampling in Greece basically started
in the 1960s when Raj and Pearl introduced probability sampling into the
practice of the Greek statistical agency (NSO) and the education of its senior
staff. It is due to this work that the national statistical service is the only
institution, conducting on a regular basis, probability sample surveys in
Greece. As will be seen, these efforts are in line with those of many
government agencies in the European Union (EU).
Keywords: National Statistical Service (NSO) of Greece, probability survey sampling, statistical education, family budget survey, labour force survey