According to the latest research, Denmark is the country with the lowest risk of corruption. It is followed by New Zealand, Finland and Singapore. Such results are given by Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018. On the other side you will find countries such as Somalia, followed by Syria and South Sudan. This indicator is based on 13 studies and expert assessments that highlight the persistent failure of most countries to control corruption, which in turn contributes to the global democratic crisis.
Around 70% of the countries surveyed performed poorly, with a score below 50 and an average score of only 43. Over the past six years, only 20 countries have significantly improved their performance, while 16 countries, especially Australia, have seen their performance deteriorating. New Zealand and Singapore have achieved steady results. Somalia has not seen any improvement in the last two years and scored a disastrous 10 points. In regional terms, Western Europe performs best, with an average score of 66 points. Poland appeared on the 36th position with a score of 60 points (click here).
The relationship between corruption and the state of the economy can be clearly seen. The poor performance of several countries reflects the rapidly shrinking space for civil society and independent media in these countries.