View Full Version : Most corrupt Govts rated. And the winner is.......

Oct 14, 2003, 05:16 AM
link (http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/world/6954597.htm)


They were ranked at 133

Least corrupt is Finland, with my own dear New Zealand ranked 3rd equal (yay).

The US was ranked 18th in a tie with ireland.

After Bangladesh, the worst offenders were Nigeria, Haiti, Paraguay, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Georgia, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Angola, Kenya and Indonesia — all scored under two on a scale of one to ten.
At the other end of the scale, after Finland, which got a squeaky-clean 9.7, the least corrupt were Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden. They all scored more than nine.
The United States came 18th — jointly with Ireland — with a score of 7.5. Iraq came 113th with 2.2, a score based mostly on data prior to the U.S.-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein.
The corrupting power of oil was evident in the bad showing of nations like Nigeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Venezuela and Iraq, the group said.
TI picked out European nations Greece and Italy as having “worryingly high” levels of corruption. They came 50th and 35th respectively with scores of 4.3 and 5.3.

The list of the 133 nations with sufficient data available was based on surveys of businessmen, analysts and residents’ views of the prevalence of bribes and theft. The group defines corruption as abuse of public office for private gain.

While Finland and Bangladesh repeated their placings from the 2002 index, there were numerous changes in the list.
Transparency International said the most improved countries were Austria, Belgium, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Norway, and Tunisia.
Argentina, Belarus, Chile, Canada, Israel, Luxembourg, Poland, the United States and Zimbabwe slipped on the list, Eigen said.
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Oct 14, 2003, 09:16 AM
Interesting that Colombia is on the "most improved" list....

Oct 14, 2003, 04:49 PM
Seems to me that they're rating Zimbabwe overly high...


Oct 14, 2003, 06:01 PM
Interesting that the social democracies seem to be least corrupt. Perhaps they're a bit closer to a true "commonwealth" than most other nations?