Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS BRIEFS

Every third Slovak gave a bribe last year

EVERY third Slovak gave a bribe last year, which is a slight annual decrease, a survey by Infostat showed.

The survey found that around Sk3 billion (€78 million) in bribes was paid to physicians, judges, police officers, and prosecutors.

The average annual bribe was around Sk5,704 (€148), said Viera Hajnovičová of Infostat.

Bribery is flourishing not only in education and healthcare, but also in customs offices and banks, where customers may bribe for favourable loan conditions, the Hospodárske noviny business daily wrote.

Last year, 31 percent of Slovaks bribed someone. Most bribes, 71 percent, went to the healthcare sector; others went to the courts (34 percent), education (31 percent) and local government (20 percent.)

Top stories

Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Arca Capital enters the banking sector

Czech and Slovak financial group acquires a majority share in Austrian private bank Wiener Privatbank.

Bank, illustrative stock photo

Ryanair cancels some flights from and to Bratislava

The Irish low-cost airline publishes full list of cancellations

Irish budget airline Ryanair is believed to be cancelling up to 50 flights every day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.