The fight against corruption in the US has stagnated since 2017, a Corruption Perceptions Index released on Tuesday (01.31.2023) by non-governmental organization Transparency International (TI) revealed.
Over the past five years, no country on the continent has registered significant improvements in the ranking, which measures the level of corruption in the public sector on a scale from 0 (“corruption is perceived to be high”) to 100 (low level).
The American countries considered least corrupt in 2022 were Canada (74), Uruguay (74) and the United States (69). At the extreme end of the scale were Venezuela (14), Haiti (17) and Nicaragua (19).
“Weak governments fail to prevent criminal networks, social conflict and violence, and some increase threats to human rights by consolidating power under the pretext of responding to insecurity,” said Delia Ferreira Rubio, president of Transparency International.
Globally, Denmark scores best (90), followed by Finland (87) and New Zealand (87). The most corrupt countries in the world are Somalia (12) and Syria (13).
Out of an index of 180 countries, Venezuela ranks 177th.
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