Corruption takes many forms
including bribery, trading in influence and abuse of functions. A recent Eurobarometer survey
set out to gauge awareness levels of the problem among EU citizens. When asked if the problem of corruption is widespread, nearly all respondents in Greece, 96 percent, said yes. The same trend was also seen in Spain, Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania and Portugal.
Across the EU, an average of 68 percent said that corruption is widespread. Even though the share considering the problem common was far lower in the United Kingdom and Germany, over half of people in both countries still thought it was widespread. The lowest share was recorded in Scandinavia. In Denmark, only 22 percent thought corruption was common, along with 21 percent in Finland.