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New Zealand considered to be the least-corrupt country in the world — again

New Zealand has once again kept its number one ranking in the Transparency International corruptions perceptions index.

For some years this index has measured the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in countries around the world.  This composite index, drawing on different expert and business surveys, this year scored 178 countries on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (highly clean).

The corruption perceptions index is a "survey of surveys", based on 13 different expert and business surveys.

New Zealand has retained its number one ranking in the 2010 index, which was released this week.  New Zealand came in at 9.3, and this year shares top spot with Denmark and Singapore.

Full survey results are available here.

According to Transparency International the 2010 index shows that nearly three-quarters of the 178 countries in the index scored below five.  These results indicate a serious corruption problem.

It was notable that some of the countries whose ranking has declined over the past year are those that were most affected by the financial crisis, which was “precipitated by transparency and integrity deficits”.  There were few Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development members with scores that had improved in the past year.

According to the report, this “underlines the fact that all nations need to bolster their good governance mechanisms.  The message is clear: across the globe, transparency and accountability are critical to restoring trust and turning back the tide of corruption.  Without them, global policy solutions to many global crises are at risk”.

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