Sunday, 8 December 2013

New Zealand - least corrupt nation on earth...

Transparency International releases its Corruptions Perceptions Index annually, and the results are now out for 2013. Analysing 177 countries, the NGO watchdog for organisational and political corruption ranks nations on a 100 point scale, with 100 showing no corruption, and 0 being "hopelessly corrupt".

As Reuters said, "In some countries, business owners can go their way in the happy knowledge that government officials won't be hitting them up for bribes or tossing them in jail on trumped-up charges. But in other parts of the world, public sector corruption is a fact of life". Too true.

But the staggering thing for me was that only a third of nations got over the 50% mark. That means that two thirds of nations on our planet do business accompanied by baksheesh.

New Zealand came in, tied for first place with Denmark, on a score of 91. Scoring between 80 and 89, the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden and Norway), Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Luxembourg round out the A team.

The F team is made up of Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan (in the 0-9 bracket), closely followed by the Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria in the 10-19 bracket. Also scoring under 20 is Yemen, Haiti, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Chad. Not places to do business, unless you are in the arms business, that is. And you are a cash only trader.

So what of our largest economies? Where did the UK, the USA, Brasil, China, India and Russia fit?
  • UK - 75-79 Bracket
  • USA - 70-74 Bracket
  • Brazil - 40-44 Bracket
  • China - 40-44 Bracket
  • India - 35-39 Bracket
  • Russia - 25-29 Bracket
It is quite scary how much more corrupt than New Zealand many nations are. Note to all those who enter here: we do NOT take bribes!


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