November 5, 1955

OVER A THIRD BELOW POVERTY LINE: According to a Welfare Ministry report on poverty which has just been released, for April-June 1955 there were 2,670,726 people in Greece with incomes putting them below the poverty line, out of a total population of 7,900,000, that is 33.8 percent of the population, up from 33.42 percent in the first quarter. Of these, 1,973,928 (25 percent of the population) had monthly incomes of less than 120 drachmas each (Ed. note: A monthly supply of daily newspapers at that time cost 45 drachmas), another 522,275 (6.61 percent) with monthly incomes of less than 180 drachmas each, and another 174,523 (2.22 percent) with less than 240 drachmas per person. The report attributes this slight increase in the number of poor to the last year’s poor olive crop, which suffered due to floods, minor earthquakes and other acts of God. GERMAN SCHOLARSHIPS: Once again this year a number of Alexander von Humboldt scholarships are available to Greeks for studies in the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin, during the academic year 1956-57.

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