Since 1995, Transparency International has surveyed and analyzed how corruption is perceived around the world. Through its Corruption Perceptions Index, TI has shown that abuse of power, secret dealings, and bribery are widespread and not confined to a handful of developing countries.
The just-released 2013 index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 177 countries and territories. It “demonstrates that 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,” according to TI Chair Huguette Labelle. With TI’s permission, we’ve reprinted some of the highlights of their findings below:
Interactive Map: How does your Country Score?
- More than two thirds of the 177 countries (69%) in the 2013 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).
- Denmark and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 91.
- Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia this year make up the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.