Just in, Transparency International released the global report on the world’s most corrupt countries in their Corruption Perception Index 2018. The list that considered 13 different data sources was topped by Somalia while Denmark scored the least becoming the most corrupted country in the world.
Donald Trump’s America lost four points thus plummeting out of the list of top 20 least corrupt nations across the globe for the first time since 2011. Hungary also did not make it to the top 20 least corrupt nations due to autocratic overtones, researchers noted.
'A four-point drop in the CPI score is a red flag and comes at a time when the US is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balance, as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power,' the Berlin-based organization said.
The US score dropped from 75 to below 71, and it doesn’t come as good news for the country that took lead on the issue globally. Zoe Reiter, the watchdog's acting representative to the US, said they had serious concerns over the Trump administration, but corruption had been a problem for years.
The US, Hungary, and Brazil were all listed as countries to watch.
The countries that experienced gains are Estonia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Guyana while the decliners include Australia, Chile, Malta, and Mexico.
Unsurprisingly, more than two-thirds of the countries scored below 50 on a scale where 100 is very clean, and zero is the most corrupt. The report once carefully analyzed noted that Hungary dropped by eight points and Turkey nine in the last five years.
Overall, Denmark was named the least corrupt nation, with an impressive score (88) followed by New Zealand, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Since 2012, only 20 nations have been able to improve their score including Argentina (40) and Ivory Coast (35). At the same time, 16 need to take control over corruption, including Australia (85), and Chile (72).
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