The large corruption survey also brought to light the fact that four percent of those surveyed admitted to paying bribes in their contact with the Norwegian legal system.
Transparency International are an anti-corruption organization responsible for the survey, coincidentally the largest of it’s kind ever conducted.
On a worldly basis, 27 percent of those surveyed, answered that they had paid bribes to public institutions and services in the last year. The corresponding number for Norway is a mere 3 percent.
Of those that have been in contact specifically with the Norwegian legal system, 4 percent, every 25th person, has paid a bribe. Both in Denmark and Finland, the number is 1 percent, whilst Sweden was not involved in the survey.
“I was amazed about the high number of people that have paid bribes in Norway. It shows us that all sectors are vulnerable to corruption,” says general secretary of Transparency International Norway, Guro Slettemark.
Four in ten surveyed, answered that they perceive the Norwegian political parties, media and private sector companies as corrupt. Mr Slettemark thinks that the reason behind so many Norwegians believing these important institutions are corrupt, is that they have become more aware of the corruption problem.
Aside from serious problems with corruption, the Transparency International survey returned some more positive points. Nearly 9 in 10 surveyed wanted to work against corruption. While citizens in countries like Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Liberia, Rwanda – and Norway, had the biggest belief that ordinary people can make a difference