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Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden: These Are the Least Corrupt Countries in the World

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If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has done, it’s exposed corruption levels in countries around the world and the reputations of national governments. The latest Corruption Perceptions Index analyzed the perceived corruption of the public sector in 180 countries and territories in the world, ranking countries on an index scale with one being the most corrupt and 100 being the least corrupt, to find the best and worst governments when it came to transparency. 

The Philippines scored 34 out of 100 on the corruption index, far from the top-ranking countries with the least amount of corruption. Despite the perceived corruption, it’s still a long way from the three most corrupt countries in the world: Syria, South Sudan, and Somalia, which all scored below 15 out of 100. 

The level of corruption in a country affects every facet of the economy and government, from public services to passport privileges, so it’s no surprise that the least corrupt countries in the world are also the first choice among migrants and OFWs. 

Here are the least corrupt countries in the world and their respective scores: 

1| New Zealand - 88
1| Denmark - 88
3| Switzerland - 85
3| Finland - 85
3| Singapore - 85
3| Sweden - 85
7| Norway - 84
8| Netherlands - 82
9| Luxembourg - 80 
9| Germany - 80

Infographic: Where Corruption Is Rampant | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

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