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Global corruption index released
Dec 05, 2013

Transparency International released its Corruption Perceptions Index and encouraged users for the first time to compare the results from one year to the next.

The Berlin-based anti-graft group, which has released its survey of surveys on how apparently corrupt countries are since 1995,changed its methodology in 2012 to score nations on a 100-scale, allowing for year-on-year comparisons, but only for 2012 onward.

Nevertheless, the results at the top and bottom didn’t change much: In the 2013 edition, Denmark and New Zealand topped the chart, while Somalia, Afghanistan, and North Korea all tied for last place. The only change from 2012: Finland didn’t tie for first; it dropped to a tie for third with Sweden.

Overall, more than two-thirds of the countries scored below 50 on the index, around the same number as a year ago.

All countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations.

The Transparency International index, comprised of a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, is ubiquitous. It’s cited widely by both the private and public sectors to assess corruption risks across the globe. For a nation to qualify, it must be included in at least three of the data sources used to create the index. The 2013 edition also added a new country: South Sudan.

But until now, the group cautioned against comparing results from year to year, making it difficult to assess whether a country improved its lot or fell out of favor.

For the 2013 edition, Transparency International furnished a list of movers and shakers within the index. It mentioned Myanmar, Senegal, Estonia and Greece as some of the biggest improvers and Syria, Spain, Iceland, Eritrea and Libya were among the decliners. The U.S. score remained the same at 73; it also retained its 19th place ranking.


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