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Is anti-corruption on the political agenda before the municipal elections?

OPENNESS: Local elections are approaching, and our municipal elected representatives are the ones who make decisions that are perhaps most important to us in everyday life.

Norway ranks high on international indices, also on Transparency International's corruption index, where Norway stands out as a country with relatively little corruption. However, other studies that target the municipality of Norway show a slightly different picture: Difi conducts every two years Citizen survey, which also asks about the citizens' perception of corruption in Norway.

The following questions are asked: "To what extent do you think that various forms of corruption, such as bribery / 'lubrication' and favoring of family and friends, take place in the Norwegian public sector?" In the question, the concept of corruption is used a little differently than in the Penal Code, since the phenomenon of favoritism has also been included. About 50 percent of those surveyed believe there is corruption in the municipalities. Of course, it is not always the case that perceptions are equated with facts, at the same time there is no shortage of examples of corruption cases and what we can call "gray zone corruption" such as camaraderie, nepotism and favoritism both within municipal administration and at the political level.

Everybody knows everybody.

A challenge in Norway is that we are a small and relatively closely intertwined population. The term "everyone knows everyone" is often used, and impartiality issues are. . .

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