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Corruption Perception Index
Feb 02, 2016

The Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its latest Corruption Perception Index.

Key Points

  • India’s 2015 corruption perception score remains the same as last year’s–38/100–showing lack of improvement.

  • India shares its rank along with six other countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Tunisia and Zambia. 

  • China fared worse than India and Brazil at rank 83 with a score of 37. 

  • Denmark tops of the index for the second consecutive year as the country perceived as least corrupt. It scored 91 points.

  • North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with unchanged scores of 8.

  • The US rose one spot this year to 16th place with a score of 76, tying with Austria. 

  • The UK rose three spots to place 10th, with a score of 81 that tied it with Germany and Luxembourg.

  • The other top spots, from second to ninth, were occupied by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada.

  • Brazil and Turkey were among nations that tumbled the most. Brazil slid to 76th place, sharing its position with India, down from 69th last year. Turkey fell two spots to 66th, continuing its descent from 53rd place in 2013.

  • TI has also noted that Pakistan is the only country among the SAARC countries, to have improved its score this year, though its rank remains poor at 117. 

  • Major scandals such as the one in Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras involving massive kick-backs have resulted in the country's rankings plunging sharply this year. 

  • Graft allegations surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has also been cited as an instance of why that country scored poorly at 50 over its last year’s score of 52. 

  • While Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland and Sweden—topped the chart with their clean public sectors as in previous years, strife-torn or repressive states—Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia—form the bottom rung of the Index ladder. 

  • The report also points out that many clean countries such as Denmark Finland, Sweden, Norway and Netherlands have dodgy records elsewhere. It cites Sweden as an instance. While the country comes third in the index, the Swedish-Finnish firm TeliaSonera–37 per cent owned by the Swedish state–is facing allegations that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure business in Uzbekistan, which comes in at 153rd in the index. The company is now pulling out of business in Central Asia.

  • Greece, Senegal and the UK are among those that have seen a significant increase in scores since 2012. 

  • Australia, Brazil, Libya, Spain and Turkey, have deteriorated. 

  • Based on expert opinion, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide.

  • The index was prepared by using data from institutions including the World Bank, the African Development Bank.

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