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Slovakia 52nd of 102 on corruption

THE CORRUPTION watchdog Transparency International ranked Slovakia 52nd out of 102 countries in its 2003 index measuring how corrupt each nation is perceived to be.

Slovakia tied for the position with the neighbouring Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Morocco.

Another Transparency International survey found that 80 per cent of Slovak respondents said that either all or most public officials were corrupt, the fourth highest result of the 10 EU accession countries.

Slovaks have long expressed the belief in surveys that corruption is most common in the health sector, the courts, and among police.

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