Each year, the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International, which has its headquarters in Berlin, publishes a world ranking on the perception of corruption in 180 countries, on a scale from 0 (the most corrupt) to 100 (not corrupt). With a score of 82 points, Luxembourg takes 8th place in the ranking of the least corrupt countries in the world in 2017. The country thus improved its score by one point compared to last year.
New Zealand comes first in the ranking (89), followed by Denmark (88), Finland, Norway and Switzerland (all three have a score of 85 points). As for neighbouring countries, France comes 23rd in the ranking with 70 points, Belgium 16th (tied with the United States) with 75 points. Germany finds itself in 12th place with 81 points.
More freedom, less corruption
The study shows that democracies like the Grand Duchy, where security, freedom of expression and freedom of the press are guaranteed, have very low levels of corruption. In addition, in a constitutional state which is transparent, the risks of fraud - both among leaders and citizens - are highly limited.
A world average of 43 points
Around two thirds of the 180 countries polled had a score of 50 points or less, showing that the fight against corruption is more vital than ever. The world average is 43 points. The slow progress of some countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, is evidence of the lack of effort made by the different governments. At the bottom of the ranking, we find Syria (14), South Sudan (12), and Somalia (9) which finishes 180th.
The 'Corruption Perceptions Index' as the Transparency International study is known, is made possible each year thanks to a collaboration with experts from renowned organisations like the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the German foundation Bertelsmann.
(article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)