With numerous unstable countries and uncertain political situations, corruption is bound to exist, even if not wide spread or public knowledge. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index is considered the world’s most credible measure of domestic, public sector corruption. It ranks countries from 0 to 10, 0 represents high levels of corruption, 10 relatively low levels. The rankings are based on data from country experts and business leaders from 10 independent institutions such as the World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit and World Economic Forum.
Topping the table is Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore all on 9.3. FInland, Sweden come in on joint 4th and Canada ranks 6th. Somalia, Burma and Afghanistan bring up the bottom with 1.1, 1.4 and 1.4 respectively. This is unsurprising given that unstable governments with a legacy of conflict are those that have least political stability.
Hong Kong is ranked quite high with a 8.4 score in 13th position. This is an improvement from its 8.2 score in 2009 and 8.1 in 2008. HK ranks higher than the UK (20) and the US (22). China comes in a lowly 78th with 3.5 down from 3.6 in 2009 and 2008.
China, Kuwait and Qatar have all improved their scores in 2010 from 2009. On the other hand, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and the US have all gotten lower scores.
For the full list of results visit http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/results