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Swedish bosses open to bribes: study

TT/The Local/pvs · 26 May 2011, 08:20

Published: 26 May 2011 08:20 GMT+02:00

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Furthermore every fourth boss maintained that corruption is widespread in Sweden, reported the Dagens Industri (DI) daily.

"There is a general picture that we in Sweden are not at all as corrupt as in other countries. But that there are as many as 20 percent in Sweden who could consider paying a bribe indicates that it is a cultural problem," said Erik Skoglund at Ernst & Young to DI.

Ernst & Young's European Fraud Survey 2011 covered 2,500 employees and bosses from various sectors in 25 European countries, with 103 people from Sweden taking part.

In the conclusions to the report, Ernst & Young argued that "unethical behaviour is common among many business cultures in the whole of Europe".

Furthermore the report argued that "those who value integrity highly know that ethical behaviour is not just desirable, it is also good for business".

Sweden has been hit by a number of high profile fraud cases in recent months.

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A major bribery scandal rocked Gothenburg in western Sweden early 2010 after allegations emerged concerned municipal housing companies. A former housing chief was sentenced to six month in prison in April 2011, with further trials expected in the growing scandal.

Furthermore The Local reported in October 2010 that a special police unit in Stockholm combating share scams was closed by the chief safety ombudsman due to a large influx of cases.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:38 May 26, 2011 by StockholmSam
Maybe this could be a supplemental income for teachers, too, since they are preparing students for the real world...
09:55 May 26, 2011 by HYBRED
I wonder if Ernst & Young took any bribes concerning this survey.
10:16 May 26, 2011 by bolababu
hahaha, Swedes are not going to like this one, but its true. You are no saints. You should see what swedish oil companies do in africa, they even bribe governments to shoot their own citizens.
10:56 May 26, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Why do they not include the Swedish government? I think they could find that there is something wrotten, not in Denmark, but in Sweden.
10:58 May 26, 2011 by Observour
This must be very underestimated. the figure is far above 20% (1/5). We don't neet any research to know that we have the most form of corruption and evil here in europe and north america than in any other part of the world. Immorality, mind control (social change +liberalism) and Wars (yes even tribal wars and coups in africa and the rest of the global south are engineered from here to devide them so that we can take advantage of them) have their roots right from here.
11:01 May 26, 2011 by charubun pananon
corruption is virus why can't be in Sweden, need more severe anti-corution virus.
11:39 May 26, 2011 by Great Scott
And the Swedish government is at the very core of it. This is how right wing governments conduct their business. Also Saab group comes to mind.
11:55 May 26, 2011 by robban70226
Corruption in Sweden??

No... It is called ''favours'' here
18:51 May 26, 2011 by Max Reaver
No surprises. just human nature.
19:11 May 26, 2011 by conboy
Swedes are immune to human nature thats why public corruption does not exist here ......... I'll get my coat!
22:06 May 26, 2011 by Nemesis
The report is a fantasy.

Bribes and nepotism are rife in Sweden.
04:39 May 27, 2011 by khurram.k
@robban70226 wake up lol.... Swedes are also human and they have all emotions towards curroptions and fraud as other nations have. infact Swedes are the ppl who would love to do on the back ( Bakom ryggen) even if its talking shi!t lol.....
13:15 May 27, 2011 by Deusultima
I would like to raise the question if successful business in certain countries is even possible without bribes? It's noble to stay clean, but all the worse for the Swedish economy.

I am all for a no-corruption policy within Sweden, and I hope it doesn't spread here as well, but for Swedish companies abroad I have to say I believe in Rome we Should Do as the Romans, and that the Ends Justify the Means in this scenario.
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