(Image Source: Transparency International)

BY HARUM HEMLEY AND SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


The most indebted EU countries are also the most corrupt and Arab Spring countries became more corrupt after the wave of revolutions. That’s according to watchdog group Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.

Countries were ranked on a scale from 0-100, with 0 being the most corrupt.
Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea tied for most corrupt with a score of 8 and Denmark, Finland and New Zealand are all considered “very clean” at 90 points. (VIDEO VIA: Transparency International)

The rankings are given based on the perceptions of economic experts. Euronews reports the countries that have been hit hardest with recessions are most likely to give their government low marks.

“This proves what we have been saying for months, that corruption of countries is closely linked to the economic and political stability of a country.”

The New York Times reports Greece, the European Union’s hardest-hit economy, ranked lowest in the EU and 94th in the world — 14 spots lower than last year.

Not surprisingly, Arab Spring countries moved up in the corruption rankings as well, though NPR points out this may not have to do with the amount of corruption actually increasing.

“[Transparency International’s Middle East and North Africa director] stressed that a worsening in Middle Eastern countries' rankings may merely be a result of people acknowledging and addressing the issue of corruption, not necessarily because corruption is increasing. ‘It’s not possible to change things over night,’ he said.”

But the countries ranked as the least corrupt in the world aren’t perfect either. Transparency International reports that even though the Scandanavian countries received the “most clean” rankings, there are still issues in the country. (VIDEO VIA: Transparency International)

“Conflicting interests and opaque party funding are among the problems that prevent these countries achieving full marks in our ‘integrity test’. Local government corruption is also troubling the region, particularly with regards to public procurement processes.”
http://blog.transparency.org/2012/11/29/corruption-perceptions-index-2012-life-at-the-top/


This year’s index had 176 countries and territories in it, The United States was ranked 19th with a score of 73.

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Most Corrupt Countries Perceptions Index Released

(Image Source: Transparency International)

BY HARUM HEMLEY AND SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


The most indebted EU countries are also the most corrupt and Arab Spring countries became more corrupt after the wave of revolutions. That’s according to watchdog group Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.

Countries were ranked on a scale from 0-100, with 0 being the most corrupt.
Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea tied for most corrupt with a score of 8 and Denmark, Finland and New Zealand are all considered “very clean” at 90 points. (VIDEO VIA: Transparency International)

The rankings are given based on the perceptions of economic experts. Euronews reports the countries that have been hit hardest with recessions are most likely to give their government low marks.

“This proves what we have been saying for months, that corruption of countries is closely linked to the economic and political stability of a country.”

The New York Times reports Greece, the European Union’s hardest-hit economy, ranked lowest in the EU and 94th in the world — 14 spots lower than last year.

Not surprisingly, Arab Spring countries moved up in the corruption rankings as well, though NPR points out this may not have to do with the amount of corruption actually increasing.

“[Transparency International’s Middle East and North Africa director] stressed that a worsening in Middle Eastern countries' rankings may merely be a result of people acknowledging and addressing the issue of corruption, not necessarily because corruption is increasing. ‘It’s not possible to change things over night,’ he said.”

But the countries ranked as the least corrupt in the world aren’t perfect either. Transparency International reports that even though the Scandanavian countries received the “most clean” rankings, there are still issues in the country. (VIDEO VIA: Transparency International)

“Conflicting interests and opaque party funding are among the problems that prevent these countries achieving full marks in our ‘integrity test’. Local government corruption is also troubling the region, particularly with regards to public procurement processes.”
http://blog.transparency.org/2012/11/29/corruption-perceptions-index-2012-life-at-the-top/


This year’s index had 176 countries and territories in it, The United States was ranked 19th with a score of 73.

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