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The world’s least & the most corrupt countries – where does India rank?

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The word corrupt originates from the Latin word corrumpere where cor means - altogether and rumpere means - to break. And that is the precise effect that it has on any institution or an individual. An anticorruption nonprofit, Transparency International, attempts to measure the menace of corruption and releases a yearly list of 180 countries that has the most and the least corrupt governments on a scale of 0 to 100 where a score closer to 100 means the most corruption-free state. The country takes into account expert opinions from around the world and gives prominent importance to Freedom of Expression. Here’s a list of five least corrupt and five most corrupt countries with India’s ranking.
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The word corrupt originates from the Latin word corrumpere where cor means - altogether and rumpere means - to break. And that is the precise effect that it has on any institution or an individual. An anticorruption nonprofit, Transparency International, attempts to measure the menace of corruption and releases a yearly list of 180 countries that has the most and the least corrupt governments on a scale of 0 to 100 where a score closer to 100 means the most corruption-free state. The country takes into account expert opinions from around the world and gives prominent importance to Freedom of Expression. Here’s a list of five least corrupt and five most corrupt countries with India’s ranking.

Switzerland | The picturesque European country is the fifth least corrupt country around the world with a score of 85. The country retains a strong commitment to political neutrality and corruption doesn’t impede business. Lately, Switzerland has been criticised for not implementing necessary measures to prevent tax evasion. (Pictured: People at the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland. Image: Reuters)
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Switzerland | The picturesque European country is the fifth least corrupt country around the world with a score of 85. The country retains a strong commitment to political neutrality and corruption doesn’t impede business. Lately, Switzerland has been criticised for not implementing necessary measures to prevent tax evasion. (Pictured: People at the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland. Image: Reuters)

Norway | Norway follows Switzerland as the fourth least corrupt country in the world. It’s score is 85. The oil-rich country is also one of the best example of sustainable economic development. Norway also scores high in most human development indicators. (Pictured: The Royal Palace in Oslo. Image: Reuters)
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Norway | Norway follows Switzerland as the fourth least corrupt country in the world. It’s score is 85. The oil-rich country is also one of the best example of sustainable economic development. Norway also scores high in most human development indicators. (Pictured: The Royal Palace in Oslo. Image: Reuters)

Finland | Finland comes after Norway to become the third least corrupt country in the world with a score of 85. In fact, Finland is consistently featured as one of the best examples of a modern welfare state. The country’s education and social welfare system is revered among civic societies and global social welfare organisations. (Pictured: The Finnish Parliament in Helsinki. Image: Reuters)
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Finland | Finland comes after Norway to become the third least corrupt country in the world with a score of 85. In fact, Finland is consistently featured as one of the best examples of a modern welfare state. The country’s education and social welfare system is revered among civic societies and global social welfare organisations. (Pictured: The Finnish Parliament in Helsinki. Image: Reuters)

Denmark | Another Nordic country on the list, Denmark is the second most corruption-free country in the world. Its score is 88. Denmark has consistently been in the top four since the publication of the first Corruption Perception Report in 1995. Denmark topped in the 2016 edition of this report. (Pictured: The Nyhavn canal at the Copenhagen Harbor. Image: Reuters)
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Denmark | Another Nordic country on the list, Denmark is the second most corruption-free country in the world. Its score is 88. Denmark has consistently been in the top four since the publication of the first Corruption Perception Report in 1995. Denmark topped in the 2016 edition of this report. (Pictured: The Nyhavn canal at the Copenhagen Harbor. Image: Reuters)

New Zealand | The top spot among the least corrupt countries in the world goes to New Zealand in the Asia-Pacific with a score of 89. New Zealand has scored among the 90s consistently in the annual rankings. In 2016, New Zealand was tied for the top spot with Denmark. Now let’s have a look at the five most corrupt governments in the world. (Pictured: A general view of Auckland City. Image : Reuters)
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New Zealand | The top spot among the least corrupt countries in the world goes to New Zealand in the Asia-Pacific with a score of 89. New Zealand has scored among the 90s consistently in the annual rankings. In 2016, New Zealand was tied for the top spot with Denmark. Now let’s have a look at the five most corrupt governments in the world. (Pictured: A general view of Auckland City. Image : Reuters)

Yemen | The middle-eastern country is in a state of political crisis since 2011 that started against the country’s political leadership. It scores a lowly 16 on the index. It is an improvement of two points when compared to last year. (Pictured: The Al-Karn village in Al-Mahaweet, around 110 km north-west of Yemen’s capital Sanaa. Image: Reuters)
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Yemen | The middle-eastern country is in a state of political crisis since 2011 that started against the country’s political leadership. It scores a lowly 16 on the index. It is an improvement of two points when compared to last year. (Pictured: The Al-Karn village in Al-Mahaweet, around 110 km north-west of Yemen’s capital Sanaa. Image: Reuters)

Afghanistan | With a score of 15, Afghanistan follows Yemen to be ranked among the most corrupt countries. Efforts to establish a democratic government. A UN report said that in 2009 the citizens paid USD 2.5 billion in bribes that is equivalent to 23% of the country’s GDP. (Pictured: A man walks on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. Image: Reuters)
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Afghanistan | With a score of 15, Afghanistan follows Yemen to be ranked among the most corrupt countries. Efforts to establish a democratic government. A UN report said that in 2009 the citizens paid USD 2.5 billion in bribes that is equivalent to 23% of the country’s GDP. (Pictured: A man walks on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. Image: Reuters)

Syria | The middle-eastern country has been in a state of war since a very long time that has led to a heavy loss of life and property. Absence of human rights and a non-existent political process has led to a corrupt state of affairs that does not seem to be ending anytime soon. Syria scores 14 on the index. (Pictured: People take part in a biking tour in Damascus. Image: Reuters)
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Syria | The middle-eastern country has been in a state of war since a very long time that has led to a heavy loss of life and property. Absence of human rights and a non-existent political process has led to a corrupt state of affairs that does not seem to be ending anytime soon. Syria scores 14 on the index. (Pictured: People take part in a biking tour in Damascus. Image: Reuters)

South Sudan | The landlocked African country is the newest country to take form in the world. South Sudan attained independence from the Sudan in 2011 and has since seen a civil war between the Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition. The country scores a low score of 12 on the index. (Pictured: The city of Juba. Image: Reuters)
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South Sudan | The landlocked African country is the newest country to take form in the world. South Sudan attained independence from the Sudan in 2011 and has since seen a civil war between the Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition. The country scores a low score of 12 on the index. (Pictured: The city of Juba. Image: Reuters)

Somalia | Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world as per the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017. The country’s government has been repeatedly ranked as the most corrupt in the world in multiple indices. (Pictured: Aerial view of traffic in the city of Mogadishu. Image: Reuters)
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Somalia | Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world as per the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017. The country’s government has been repeatedly ranked as the most corrupt in the world in multiple indices. (Pictured: Aerial view of traffic in the city of Mogadishu. Image: Reuters)

India | The corruption perceptions index ranks India at number 81 with a score of 40. Despite stable political leadership corruption is ingrained in India at multiple levels. The index cautions China which is ranked at the 77th spot and Pakistan stands at 117. (Pictured: India Gate in Delhi. Image: Reuters)
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India | The corruption perceptions index ranks India at number 81 with a score of 40. Despite stable political leadership corruption is ingrained in India at multiple levels. The index cautions China which is ranked at the 77th spot and Pakistan stands at 117. (Pictured: India Gate in Delhi. Image: Reuters)

First Published on Mar 28, 2018 06:49 pm
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