2011 Corruption Index Released

December 2, 2011 International Tax Cooperation

FlagsBERLIN – The annual Corruption Perception Index has been released for 2011, showing that New Zealand is still the least corrupt country in the world.

On December 1st Transparency International publicized its annual Corruption Perceptions Index 2011, which ranks countries based on their levels of perceived corruption in the public sector.

New Zealand was once again ranked as the least corrupt country in the world, followed closely by Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Somalia and North Korea were ranked as the most corrupt countries, followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Across the American continent, Canada and Barbados were the least corrupt countries. In the Asia – Pacific region New Zealand and Singapore were the freesest from corruption, followed by Australia and Hong Kong. Throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Turkey and Georgia were seen as the least corrupt. In the EU and Western Europe, Denmark, Finland and Sweden are regarded the cleanest nations. The Middle East and North Africa saw Qatar and the UAE ranked as the least corrupt countries. In the Sub-Saharan Africa region Botswana and Cape Verde were regarded as the least effected by corruption.

Amongst the OECD economies New Zealand, Denmark and Finland were the top three countries freest from corruption, and they are followed by Sweden, Norway, and Netherlands. Australia was ranked 7th in the OECD and 8th internationally. The UK was ranked 15th in the OECD and 16th in the world, and the USA was ranked 19th in the OECD and 24th internationally.

The research conducted by Transparency International uses the 17 separate data sources compiled by 13 international public institutions and NGOs, with the data being gathered in the period between December 2009 and September 2011.

The countries of North Korea, the Bahamas, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname were included in the 2011 survey for the first time.

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