Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fall below the midpoint of the scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector. Top-scoring countries are far outnumbered by orange and red countries where citizens face the tangible impact of corruption on a daily basis. This year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth. More countries declined than improved in this year’s results, showing the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption. Both EU and non-EU countries in South-East Europe have dropped in global rankings when compared to last year. More information is available here.
Source: Transparency International