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Corruption Perceptions Index

Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International - The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the most widely used global corruption ranking in the world.

It measures how corrupt each country’s public sector is perceived to be, according to experts

and businesspeople.


100 is very clean and 0 is highly corrupt

A higher score is better eg. 99/100 is more ethical.

A lower score is worse eg. 66/100 is less ethical.

A lower rank is better. eg. #1 is highly ethical.


Denmark, Finland and New Zealand rank #1 in the world as the least corrupt

South Sudan is the most corrupt

New Zealand scored 88 and ranked first equal (that's good)

United Kingdom scored 78 and ranked 11th

Australia is in decline at 73 and ranked 18th (decline means more corrupt)

USA scored 67 out of 100 and is ranked 27 (that is not good)

China scored only 45 out of 100 but is improving at rank 66

This year, the global average remains unchanged for the tenth year in a row, at just 43 out of a possible 100 points. Despite multiple commitments, 131 countries have made no significant progress against corruption in the last decade. Two-thirds of countries score below 50, indicating that they have serious corruption problems, while 27 countries are at their lowest score ever.

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