Corruption Perception Index Released

November 23, 2009 International Tax Cooperation  No comments

Transparency International, an international non-profit organization aimed at fighting corruption, has released their annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) survey, on November 17th. The corruption study consists of a ranking of 180 countries based on a corruption score, ranging from zero to ten, with the lower representing a higher level of perceived corruption.

This year, of the countries surveyed, New Zealand was found to be the least corrupt, with Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland following. Somalia was the country perceived to have the highest level of corruption, trailed by Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan and Iraq. The UK and the US ranked 17th and 19th, respectively. China was ranked 79th, Russia came in at 146th and India received a ranking of 84th.

The CPI is constructed by compilation of thirteen sets of data, attained from ten independent sources, such as the World Bank and World Economic Forum. Seven of the thirteen datasets are provided by an expert evaluation or risk assessment group, the remaining six are results from business sector corruption perception surveys.

According to Huguette Labelle, Chairperson of Transparency International, speaking in a video release accompanying the report results, this study shows that no country is completely free of corruption, though on average some areas score better than others. The survey shows that a “vast majority” of countries score less than five, which according to Huguette Labelle, points to a grave situation in a time of tentative economic recovery and mass use of government stimulus packages.

An overview of the CPI study can be seen on the Transparency International website.

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