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Transparency International Releases Corruption Perception Index 2013

December 4, 2013
by Jacque Porte

Transparency International has released its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of 2013, which measures public perception of government corruption across the globe. The United States ranks 19 out of 177 countries with a score of 75, with 100 being very clean and 0 being highly corrupt. Demark and New Zealand earned the highest ranking with scores of 91, while North Korea and Somalia were unsurprisingly at the bottom of the list.

The 2013 CPI ranks and scores a total of 177 countries and territories. More than two thirds (69%) of the countries ranked in the 2013 Index score below 50 which suggests that corruption is still perceived to be entrenched in the public sector in most countries.

TI took a detailed look at Eurozone member Spain which dipped 10 places to 40th position in the rankings. This made it the second-biggest loser, with only war-torn Syria taking a deeper fall.

Spain's five-year economic slump and accompanying austerity measures had highlighted cozy relations between politicians and construction magnates as they fed a disastrous housing bubble.

By contrast, another crisis-hit Eurozone nation, Greece, was perceived to have taken significant steps to fight corruption. While being further down the list overall, the nation was able to move up 14 notches to the 80th spot.

Transparency International is a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development. Their United States branch seeks to "strengthen integrity and curb corruption."

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