An annual report ranking the most and least corrupt nations found most economic powers outside of the top 10 and important emerging economies lagging woefully behind the level considered neutral.
Denmark, Finland and New Zealand each scored a 90 out of a possible 100 in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI), given them a share of the distinction as the least corruption nation on the planet. The trio was followed by Sweden and Singapore to round out the top five.
Among the world’s largest economies, Germany placed 13th (79 rating), Japan 17th (74) and the United States 19th (73). The power trio lagged slightly behind Canada and the Netherlands, which tied for 9th with a CPI score of 84.
On the flip side, two-thirds of the countries ranked by Transparency International fell below the 50 mark that separates those doing well from those performing poorly in metrics tracking sovereign corruption. None of the four BRIC’s nations scored above 50. India ranked a shockingly low 74th (36 score), putting it at an identical level with Greece. Russia, sadly to the surprise of few, fared even worse with an abysmal rating of 28. That level was equal to that of Honduras and Iran.
-Brian Shappell, CBA, NACM staff writer