Ok, so we can’t be #1 in everything.
A top 10 finish in least corruption, however, is nothing to be mad about.
Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index today and ranked Canada as the ninth least corrupt country in the world. Denmark was crowned the least corrupt country, because of course.
The bottom of the list, meanwhile, contains the usual suspects…
“Higher-ranked countries tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems,” reads a release about the rankings.
Canada’s best score came in 2012, when it finished with a score of 84 – two points higher than its current rank. Unfortunately, more countries declined than improved in this year’s results.
Transparency International chair José Ugaz identified the importance of resisting populism and lowering inequality as antidotes to corruption.
“We do not have the luxury of time. Corruption needs to be fought with urgency, so that the lives of people across the world improve,” he said.