Yesterday, Transparency International released its 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index with the organization stating that the continued failure of most countries to control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.
Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that the index ranks 180 countries and territories on perceived public sector corruption with 0 meaning "highly corrupt" and 100 meaning "very clean". This time around, more than two-thirds of countries scored 50 or below which means they have serious problems preventing foul play in their public sectors. The average global score was 43.
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Denmark came first with 88 out of 100 with Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland following with 85.
Somalia was rock bottom of the index with a score of just 10, followed by Syria and South Sudan who both had 13. Transparency International said that only 20 countries saw a significant improvement in their scores over the past seven years including Argentina, Guyana and the Ivory Coast. During the same time frame, 16 countries recorded a significant decrease with Australia, Malta, Hungary and Turkey among their ranks.
The U.S. had a disappointing score of 71 this year, four points down on 2017. That means it has dropped out of the top-20 countries for the first time since 2011.