“Zensusbefragung” – Why the fuck?

So, here in Germany, there’s this “census survey” (or whatever it translates to) that is being used to determine how many people are living in Germany and how they live here, work, and who they are. It’s apparently especially important for dorms… but I don’t see the point of them.

I mean, when you move somewhere else, you’ll have to get registered at the registration office, the “Einwohnermeldeamt” (I’m mentioning the German terms because it’s hard to translate those).

So, technically speaking, the German state already knows who lives where and what work they do or how they live.

Regardless of that, though, we have to fill out a survey… which is incredibly pointless as it simply asks you what your name is, when you’ve been born, where you’ve been born, and where you live. It’s nothing else on there. Oh, it also asks if you own any other properties… but… we’re university students in a dorm, so I doubt it. Furthermore, it’s all information that is on my ID (apart from the latter, I guess), so I don’t quite see the point.

So, these surveys don’t take a lot of time but they’re still a hassle. Why? Well,… you can’t just send them in or something. Instead, you get an appointment where a civil servant comes around – in person – and asks you questions – apparently.

The way my brain works is that when someone comes around like that, I need to plan my day around that. I can’t leave the house or go for a shower or buy groceries or whatever if I have to be at home during that time, after all!

Anyhow, the person came fashionably late at 3:30 PM, rang at our door, took the survey question answers, and then left. It was a matter of one minute. If she’s only there to collect it, then why the fuck can’t we just send it in via mail?

Anyhow, that’s just me complaining about this very odd relic of German bureaucracy. I may be a little upset that they sent someone here in person during a global ongoing pandemic… only to collect a letter when we could have just sent it in via mail. Oh well,…

This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken. If you like what you see here and want to see more, you can check me out on Twitch and YouTube as well.

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