(ADW) The latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published by NGO Transparency International places Luxembourg among the ten least corrupt countries in the world, improving on its 2013 score, but dropping from 2014 results.
While in 2013 Luxembourg was ranked in 11th place and climbed to 9th in 2014, the latest figures show the country has dropped one rank to 10th place for 2015 in the international ranking. Within Western Europe however, Luxembourg is in 7th place.
Points-wise, Luxembourg scored 81, a drop of one point from last year on a scale that sees 0 as extremely corrupt and 100 as very clean from corruption.
Despite the good score, Transparency International pointed out that with Denmark leading the ranking with a score of 91, there is still room for improvement.
The drop of Luxembourg by one point could have something to do with the LuxLeaks scandal of last year. The
Luxembourg branch of Transparency International at one point called for a
national inquiry into the issue, as well as more transparency in
regard to tax rulings.
Click each country for data on the interactive map above
The ranking are based on perception, since corruption is hard to measure and carried out behind closed doors, it does not measure actual levels of corruption.
Two thirds of countries score less than 50
The top 10 of the CPI are completed by New Zealand (88), Finland (90), Sweden (89), Norway and Switzerland (86), Singapore (85), the Netherlands (87) and Canada (83).
For the 2015 statistics, Luxembourg actually shares the 10th spot with Germany and the United Kingdom, who also scored a respectable 81 points.
Around two thirds of the 175 countries in the Index fall below a 50-point score, showing that widespread corruption continues to be a problem. North Korea and Somalia are the only two countries with a score below 10.
Transparency International sources its data from independent organisations and institutions specialised in governance and business climate analysis, such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, but also other studies, such as the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index.
For countries to be included in the CPI ranking, data must exist on them in at least three of the sources used.
For more details and the full ranking visit transparency.org
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