STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 15 (UPI) -- One in five Swedes say they would be willing to give up a kidney in return for a large cash payment, a survey found.
"If it was legal, would you be prepared to sell one of your kidneys for 300,000 kronor ($48,344) to the County Council to be used for someone with kidney failure, or wouldn't you?" a consumer research company asked 1,000 Swedes.
Twenty-two percent said they would be prepared to sell a kidney, 67 percent said they would not and 11 percent were undecided, The Local reported Friday.
The numbers suggest that out of Sweden's total population, 1.5 million people would be willing to provide a kidney in return for cash.
There are currently 750 people on the waiting list for a kidney in Sweden, said Sveridge Radio, which commissioned the survey.
The only country in the world where the state pays cash for kidneys is Iran, and it is also the only country without a waiting list, SR said.
Sweden, like most other countries, has signed a U.N. declaration prohibiting organ trade.