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Transparency International: Sweden needs to do more to prevent corruption

Published onsdag 8 februari 2012 kl 11.49
Professor Staffan Anderson interview on corruption in Sweden
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Transparency International rated twelve Swedish institutions. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / Scanpix

Even if Sweden has ample protections against corruption in comparison with other European countries, a new report by Transparency International reveals that there are still big shortfalls.

Out of 12 Swedish institutions, just one, the Ombudsmen for Justice, received a top score. In general, Sweden did well when stacked up against the 24 other European countries considered in the report, but the study revealed clear deficiencies within the public sector and the political parties.

Changes to the public service concerning privatization and the buying of services have created a risk zone for corruption, according to a debate piece written in Dagens Nyheter newspaper by the chair of Transparency International Sweden, Lars-Göran Engfeldt. He states that a checks system has not developed at the same rate, and that instead, scrutiny by the municipalities still seems to be weak.

Engfeldt believes Sweden lacks a grasp of the situation as a whole and that a state-run organization should take responsibility for informing about corruption and the damage it can cause.

Sweden ranked fourth best in the corruption perception index. New Zealand ranked first.

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