Transparency International has published Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 on 25th January.
- Somalia has been named the most corrupt country.
- Denmark and New Zealand are the “cleanest” countries.
- India has been ranked 79th.
It transpires that Denmark and New Zealand are the cleanest or the least corrupt countries in the world. Both of these countries have scored 90. Somalia has bottomed the table with a score of 10, closely preceded by South Sudan which has scored 11 and North Korea which has been given a score of 12.
NB- Marks have been given on a scale of 0-100. 0 means the country is extremely corrupted and 100 means not a blotch of corruption has tainted the nation.
India, however, has been given the 79th place along with three other countries: China, Brazil, and Belarus. All these countries have scored 40. Last year India had ranked 78th with a score of 38. And China has risen from 83rd place to 79th this year.
Among other neighbors of India, Sri Lanka has ranked 95th, Pakistan 116th, Nepal 131st and Bangladesh 145th. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan however, has been given a score of 65 and has got the 27th position in the list.
The Uk has retained its 10th place. The US, on the other hand, has seen a drop in its ranking. With a score of 74, its position has fallen from 16th to 18th. Denmark had topped the list last year also.
The global average is 43. And two third of 176 countries have scored below 50.
Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, and Luxembourg are also among the top ten least corrupt countries.
Transparency International is an organization that calls itself “a global coalition against corruption”. They publish a “Corruption Perceptions Index” every year where all the countries and territories in the world are ranked “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.