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2020’s Corruption Perceptions Index is out. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

While most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in almost a decade, it says, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50. Not a good sign for the state of corruption worldwide. “COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It’s a corruption crisis. And one that we’re currently failing to manage. The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad,” says Delia Ferreira RubioChair, Transparency International.

The top countries on the CPI are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each. The bottom countries are South Sudan and Somalia, with scores of 12 each, followed by Syria (14), Yemen (15) and Venezuela (15).

For more in-depth analysis by country access the CPI findings here.

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