3 in 100 Spanish paid a bribe in 2006

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Three out of every 100 Spaniards over the age of 15 paid a bribe last year, according to figures released Thursday.

7 December 2007

MADRID - Three out of every 100 Spaniards over the age of 15 paid a bribe last year, according to figures released Thursday by anti-corruption organisation Transparency International. Nonetheless, Spain proved to be one of the countries least affected by bribery out of the 60 surveyed.

Globally, one out of 10 people admitted to paying a bribe, with rates of corruption highest in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, Transparency International said. In Romania, Greece and Lithuania between 27 and 33 percent of people admitted to paying bribes.

The NGO noted that bribery and other forms of corruption cost people USD 1 trillion per year worldwide, and more than half of respondents said they expected the incidence of corruption to continue to increase.
 
Universally, the police are considered to be the most corrupt. One in four people worldwide say they have been asked to pay a bribe by a police officer. Political parties and politicians are also seen as being corrupt.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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