Corruption Still a Problem Throughout World

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The non-governmental corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has just published the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious, widespread corruption problem.

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tie for first place with scores of 9.3. Unstable governments, often with a legacy of conflict, continue to dominate the bottom rungs of the CPI. Afghanistan and Myanmar share second to last place with a score of 1.4, while Somalia comes in last with a score of 1.1. Spain, meanwhile, lies in 30th place with a score of 6.1.

TI’s ranking defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It compiles survey results from sources such as the World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, Asian Intelligence Newsletter and World Economic Forum.

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