The bottom and top of the list are hardly surprising. Once again, Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index found that Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are the most corrupt countries in the world, with New Zealand, Denmark and Finland to be found on the opposite end of the spectrum.
In between, however, there has been plenty of movement. And countries in the European Union, particularly some within the euro zone, have not exactly improved when it comes to combating corruption. Greece, in particular, slid several spots in this year's ranking from the already weak position it occupied in 2011, plunging from 80th on the list in 2011 to 94th this year.
"Underperformers in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 … include the euro-zone countries most affected by the financial and economic crisis," the NGO points out in a statement on its website accompanying the report's Wednesday release. "Transparency International has consistently warned Europe to address corruption risks in the public sector to tackle the financial crisis."
Not surprising, as is that the "Damn Socialists" (New Zealand, Denmark and Finland) are ahead again!
Edit. And the map:
Edited by questionmark, 05 December 2012 - 02:49 PM.