Apparently, public servants there are paid extremely well, receive two bonuses a year, are paid extra allowances for using a computer, for speaking a foreign language and even (hold your breadth) for coming to work on time. They enjoy attractive pensions, and on the demise of a pensioner it passes on to any unmarried (even divorced) daughter. There are many Government committees that recruit additional staff, and all are paid by the Government. It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 employed by these committees, costing 220 million Euros a year. There is a story that there still exists a committee to manage a Greek lake, Lake Kopais. Lake Kopais dried up in 1930! Estimates are that about 40,000 women benefit from the pension system where the pension of the dead civil servant parent is transferred to them. Civil servants could opt to retire at 40 even though the normal retirement age is 60 for women and 65 for men. Read full story.