Sweden is one of the countries in the world with best control of corruption, on behalf of both reduced opportunities- due to great transparency and an administration low on power discretion- and high constraints, due to high freedom of the press, numerous e-citizens and a judiciary autonomous from private interest. However, in the past decade several vulnerabilities showed, especially related to Swedish companies transacting abroad, sanctioned by American authorities enforcing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The OECD Working Group on Bribery has since 2012 repeatedly urged Sweden to reform its own laws to ensure the investigation and prosecution of companies that bribe foreign public officials to obtain advantages in international business. Transparency of public procurement could also be increased, as it is far below European average, and some sanctions on conflict of interest introduced.
➜ See Sweden on Index of Public Integrity
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years