Norwegians wary of ‘corrupt’ politicians

Two in five Norwegians believe corruption taints both the country's political parties and the industry sector, according to a new Transparency International report.

Norwegians wary of 'corrupt' politicians
The Norwegian parliament Stortinget in Oslo. File photo: Lise Åserud/Scanpix

Norwegians believe that corruption levels remain much the same as before according to a report, published on Tuesday by the Berlin-based NGO.

Political parties and the business sector were the least trusted by those surveyed across Norway. Some 41 percent stated that they thought both politicians and businessmen were affected by corruption. Confidence in the police force remains high, however, with just 16 percent of survey respondents expressing concern that law enforcers may be involved in any dirty shenaningans.

Transparency International's global corruption barometer is the organization's biggest ever survey tracking worldwide public opinion on corruption. A total of 114,000 people in 107 countries took part in the survey.

Norwegian media was not free of suspicion either, with some 39 percent of Norwegians surveyed saying journalists, editors, and media companies were influenced by corruption. By contrast, the judiciary seemed to be less tainted by corruption suspicions, with only nine percent of Norwegian stating they thought judges were under corrupt or influenced by corruption. 

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