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Perception of corruption in Iceland growing

The Icelandic public senses domestic businesses are more corrupt in 2006 than in 2005, according to Transparency International’s annual report, published this week.

The report is based on polls taken among the public in 157 countries. Although results indicate that corruption is increasing in Iceland, they also show that out of these countries Icelanders perception of national corruption is the second most favorable in the world. Morgunbladid reports.

Only Finland is perceived as less corrupt. Finland was given the mark 9.8, where 10 means not corrupted and 0 means highly corrupted. Iceland got 9.6.

In previous years, Icelandic participants in the poll believed politicians were more corrupt than businessmen. This year the opposite is true.

On a scale from 1 to 5, in which 1 signifies no corruption and 5 high levels of corruption, business life in Iceland was rated 3.4. In 2004 it was rated as 2.8 and last year 3.0.

In addition, Icelanders who participated in the poll do not believe the government is efficient in fighting corruption.

Thirty-four percent said the government is not fighting corruption at all, 27 percent that the fight is delivering little results and 11 that the government in fact furthers corruption.

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