Greek austerity reduces bribery: study
Athens, March 9 : Fewer Greeks are paying bribes for services across the country nowadays, as three years of austerity seem to have taken a toll on petty corruption, a survey of Transparency International Greece has shown.
According to the survey of some 12,000 people by polling firm Public Issue, 8.6 percent of the respondents were asked for bribes in exchange of services mainly in the public sector, but also in the private sector last year. In 2011, that figure stood at 10.2 percent, Xinhua reported.
The amount of bribes paid reduced according to the anti-corruption organisation's estimates. In 2012, the total reached 420 million euros ($545 million) compared with 554 million euros in 2011 and 632 million euros in 2010.
On average, Greek citizens paid approximately 1,228 euros in petty bribes last year, down from 1,399 euros in 2011 and 1,623 euros in 2010 to speed up procedures in hospitals or tax offices.