Countries with low levels of corruption could still be “exporting” it overseas, according to Transparency International’s latest report.
The study suggests that even the cleanest European nations might be linked to corruption abroad, for example by failing to tackle bribery by their companies in other countries.
No country is corruption-free, with José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International, saying: “The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world.”
The report outlines the perceived levels of public-sector corruption. Dark red indicates high corruption, while yellow showing countries are perceived as being cleaner – but not corruption-free.
The exporting of corruption
The report’s authors argue that in contrast to their squeaky-clean image, many European nations are exporting corruption elsewhere. Despite clean domestic public sectors, some nations have been linked to corruption abroad.
Half of OECD nations are also failing in their obligations to crack down on bribery. The OECD Convention on Combating Foreign Bribery is still being inadequately enforced, researchers found last year.
Top 10 least corrupt nations
- New Zealand