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India improves its ranking on Corruption Perceptions Index 2018; moves to 78th position

The Index is topped by Denmark and New Zealand at first and second positions respectively. Singapore moved up three spots to fetch 3rd place on the index.

Jan 30, 2019 14:52 IST
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India improved its ranking on the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) by three points and moved to 78th position with a score of 41. India ranked at 81st place on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017.

In the list of 180 countries, China and Pakistan lagged far behind India at 87th and 117th position, respectively.

According to the Index, Denmark is the least corrupt country followed by New Zealand; while Somalia, Syria and South Sudan are the most corrupt countries in the world.

This global corruption index was released by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on January 29, 2019.

Key highlights

The Index is topped by Denmark and New Zealand at first and second positions respectively.

• Singapore moved up three spots to fetch 3rd place on the index.

The Asia-Pacific region included top performers like New Zealand on the second position, Singapore at number 3, Australia at no 13 and Japan at no 18.

Other top performers around the world were Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

The best performer in South America was Uruguay at number 23 with a score of 70 and in Africa, Botswana topped with 61 points at the 34th position.

More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.  

Since 2012, only 20 countries have significantly improved their scores including Estonia and Cote D’Ivoire, and 16 have significantly declined including, Australia, Chile and Malta.

With a score of 71 at 22nd position, the United States lost four points since last year, dropping out of the top 20 countries on the CPI for the first time since 2011.

Top 10 countries in Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

Position

Country

Region

1

Denmark

Western Europe & European Union

2

New Zealand

Asia Pacific

3

Finland

Western Europe & European Union

3

Singapore

Asia Pacific

3

Sweden

Western Europe & European Union

3

Switzerland

Western Europe & European Union

7

Norway

Western Europe & European Union

8

Netherlands

Western Europe & European Union

9

Canada

Americas

9

Luxembourg

Western Europe & European Union

About Corruption Perceptions Index

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people,.

It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

It gives zero points to countries with rampant corruption and 100 points to countries completely free of graft.

Since its inception in 1995, the Index, Transparency International’s flagship research product, has become the leading global indicator of public sector corruption.

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