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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.)

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