New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

New Zealand: Low corruption, best country to do business

New Zealand tied Denmark for first place as the world’s least corrupt country in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 released earlier this month by Berlin-based international non-governmental organization Transparency International.

New Zealand was ranked first for eight years in a row in the annual survey that measures public sector corruption.  Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia shared the bottom place of the survey which covered 177 countries.

Meanwhile, Forbes.com released the latest version of its annual survey of best countries for business, and it ranked New Zealand second after Ireland. The business news website said “New Zealand ranks No. 2 overall, down one spot from last year. … New Zealand posted the best scores among all countries on four metrics including personal freedom and investor protection, as well as lack of red tape and corruption.”

Transparency International/Corruption Perceptions Index 2013: http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2013/

Forbes/Best Countries For Business: http://www.forbes.com/best-countries-for-business/

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