Most and Least Corrupt Nations Corruption Perceptions Index

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New Zealand is Least Corrupt Nation

The corruption index by transparency.org depicts that most of the countries throughout the world are taking no measures to end corruption. They are making just a little or no progress on alleviating corruption. In these countries, there are many risks for activists and journalists.

The index ranks about 180 countries and territories around the globe. The public sector corruption is attained through the views of experts and businesspeople. The index ranks countries on a scale of 0 to 100. ON this scale, 0 is the highest level of corruption, while the country scoring 100 is considered to be clean. The recent studies show that the majority of the nation’s score below 50. The average score is 43.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018Following is a list of some countries ranked as per their score on corruption index:

Rank# COUNTRY REGION 2018 2018 2016 2015
1 Denmark Western Europe & European Union 88 88 90 91
2 New Zealand Asia Pacific 87 89 90 91
3 Finland Western Europe & European Union 85 85 89 90
3 Singapore Asia Pacific 85 84 84 85
3 Sweden Western Europe & European Union 85 84 88 89
3 Switzerland Western Europe & European Union 85 85 86 86
7 Norway Western Europe & European Union 84 85 85 88
8 Netherlands Western Europe & European Union 82 82 83 84
9 Canada Americas 81 82 82 83
9 Luxembourg Western Europe & European Union 81 82 81 85
11 Germany Western Europe & European Union 80 81 81 81
11 United Kingdom Western Europe & European Union 80 82 81 81
13 Australia Asia Pacific 77 77 79 79
14 Austria Western Europe & European Union 76 75 75 76
14 Hong Kong Asia Pacific 76 77 77 75
14 Iceland Western Europe & European Union 76 77 78 79
17 Belgium Western Europe & European Union 75 75 77 77
18 Estonia Western Europe & European Union 73 71 70 70
18 Ireland Western Europe & European Union 73 74 73 75
18 Japan Asia Pacific 73 73 72 75
21 France Western Europe & European Union 72 70 69 70
22 United States of America Americas 71 75 74 76
23 United Arab Emirates Middle East & North Africa 70 71 66 70
23 Uruguay Americas 70 70 71 74
25 Barbados Americas 68 68 61 N/A
25 Bhutan Asia Pacific 68 67 65 65
27 Chile Americas 67 67 66 70
28 Seychelles Sub-Saharan Africa 66 60 N/A 55
29 Bahamas Americas 65 65 66 N/A
30 Portugal Western Europe & European Union 64 63 62 64
31 Brunei Darussalam Asia Pacific 63 62 58 N/A
31 Taiwan Asia Pacific 63 63 61 62
33 Qatar Middle East & North Africa 62 63 61 71
34 Botswana Sub-Saharan Africa 61 61 60 63
34 Israel Middle East & North Africa 61 62 64 61
36 Poland Western Europe & European Union 60 60 62 63
36 Slovenia Western Europe & European Union 60 61 61 60
38 Cyprus Western Europe & European Union 59 57 55 61
38 Czech Republic Western Europe & European Union 59 57 55 56
38 Lithuania Western Europe & European Union 59 59 59 59
41 Georgia Eastern Europe & Central Asia 58 56 57 52
41 Latvia Western Europe & European Union 58 58 57 56
41 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Americas 58 58 60 N/A
41 Spain Western Europe & European Union 58 57 58 58
45 Cabo Verde Sub-Saharan Africa 57 55 59 55
45 Dominica Americas 57 57 59 N/A
45 Korea, South Asia Pacific 57 54 53 54
48 Costa Rica Americas 56 59 58 55
48 Rwanda Sub-Saharan Africa 56 55 54 54
50 Saint Lucia Americas 55 55 60 N/A
51 Malta Western Europe & European Union 54 56 55 60
52 Namibia Sub-Saharan Africa 53 51 52 53
53 Grenada Americas 52 52 56 N/A
53 Italy Western Europe & European Union 52 50 47 44
53 Oman Middle East & North Africa 52 44 45 45
56 Mauritius Sub-Saharan Africa 51 50 54 53
57 Slovakia Western Europe & European Union 50 50 51 51
58 Jordan Middle East & North Africa 49 48 48 53
58 Saudi Arabia Middle East & North Africa 49 49 46 52
60 Croatia Western Europe & European Union 48 49 49 51

The scores show that New Zealand and Denmark are the two countries that are the least corrupt. They have a score of 89 and 88 respectively. Western Europe is considered to be the best performing region. On the other hand, the performance of Sub Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and East Europe is the worst.

Why New Zealand is Least Corrupt Nation:

New Zealand is Least Corrupt NationNew Zealand has the most score on the transparency index of the year 2018. The country has a score of 89, which is more than any other nation. The public involvement in the decision making of the government is one of the major factors why there is less corruption in here. Adding to that, the judiciary and the media are provided with the freedom of speech. Both of these things allow the public to keep track of the activities and point out when things go wrong. The integrity system of the nation is quite strong.

Steps to Eradicate Corruption:

In most of the countries, it is seen that the activists and media plays a vital role in eradicating corruption. Both media and the activists are vital for combatting against unlawful activities in the countries. So following are some of the steps and measures that the government and the people of the nation can take to stop the corrupt activities. The lack of unlawful activities and good business practices of the New Zealanders make it much feasible for the Kiwi Organization to access the offshore market. This in terms, helps in making things easier and maintain transparency.

Free Speech and Independent Media:

The government and media personalities should encourage free speech, and the media should be independent. The people and the media both should be allowed to speak for their rights. Adding to that the civil society should be more open and engaged.

Minimizing Media Regulations:

Although the media must have some rules and regulations from the government. But the regulations on media should not be strict enough. They should be allowed to work and speak independently without having a fear of repression or violence.

Access to Information:

The government and the civil society should promote such laws and regulations that allow the access of information to the audience. This helps the system in so many ways. That is because when the public and authorities come to know about the policies and the actions of government, they can enhance transparency and maintain accountability.

Improvements in Countries:

Although some nations have greatly improved their score and they are trying to eradicate the monopolies. The CPI score of some nations like Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and the United Kingdom has greatly improved. But the CPI score of some countries has also declined in the last six years. These include Australia, Yamen, and Syria.

The United Kingdom has improved its position in the last few years. The government and other authorities are maintaining the equilibrium and balance in the system. The United Kingdom stands on the fifth rank now. Following the UK come Canada and Luxembourg.

Most Corrupt Countries:

Most Corrupt CountriesFollowing is a list of countries that have the lowest score on the index. These countries suffer political instability and economic pressure due to their corrupt and unlawful activities:

Rank Country Name Score
180 Somalia 9
179 South Sudan 12
178 Syria 14
177 Afghanistan 15
175 Yemen 16
175 Sudan 16
171 Libya 17
171 Korea, North 17
171 Guinea-Bissau 17
171 Equatorial Guinea 17

Countries With Lowest Scores:

Despite the efforts to eradicate corruption, many countries still rank the lowest on the index. Some of the war-torn countries like Syria, South Sudan, and Afghanistan rank the lowest on the list. They have a score of 14, 12 and nine respectively.

The organization focused on the direct proportion of corruption levels and the protection of journalists and providing them with freedom of speech. The findings of the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 9 out of 10 journalists were murdered in the nations that have a low score on the index. Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, stated that the activists and reporters should not have to fear anything when they speak out publicly against corruption.

Equatorial Guinea: The most Corrupt Nation

Human rights watch stated that the government of Equatorial Guinea has completely a violation of all its obligations. They don’t realize the right of people in the country to get the education and proper healthcare facilities. Almost all the authorities have some goals to work for the betterment of the country, but here the level of corruption is so high that the people fail to get basic facilities.

Guinea-Bissau: Highest Corruption Countries:

According to a report by the State Department of the US, the authorities in Guinea-Bissau are so much corrupt that the country ranked second on the ranking. The authorities don’t pay much heed to the problems. That is the reason why drug trafficking, violence, and discrimination of rights of women and children is quite common here.