October 15, 2020 12:48
Korea conducts its first pet census this month.
So far the government had estimated the nationwide pet population based on a sample survey of only a few thousand people, but now pets are included in the national population and housing census.
This year's census is conducted online, through mobile apps, or over the phone from Thursday until Oct. 31.
It includes questions like what pets, if any, people own and how many. Meanwhile, the government is also snooping into other areas of people's private lives. Singles are asked why they decided to stay alone, and everyone whether they drink tap water, and if so, whether they boil it first.
The questions in the census taken every five years reflect changing times. In 2000 the census first included the question how often people used the Internet. In 2005, when the mood was conciliatory between the two Koreas, it asked whether people had relatives in North Korea.
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