Corruption Index 2009

This is kind of interesting.  “Transparency International“, the self-described “global coalition against corruption”, has released its “Corruption Perception Index” for 2009.  Based on data from 13 independent surveys (not all of which are used in every country), the index lists countries in ascending order from those perceived as least corrupt to those perceived as most corrupt.

New Zealand tops the list as the least corrupt country, Canada is tied with Australia and Iceland for #8, the USA is #19(!), and at the bottom of the list (most corrupt) are countries like Somalia (winner of the 2009 Corruption Sweepstakes at #180), Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.  It’s interesting to note that in general, the more theocratic the government, the more corruption is perceived.  *cough*

The full list is here.

(via huffpo)

6 Responses to “Corruption Index 2009”


  1. 1 The Anti-Social Socialist Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Woo! Afghanistan is sitting at #179, Iraq at #176!

    WAY TO GO COALITION FORCES! Preach that democracy and freedom! Liberation, WOO!

  2. 2 Bleatmop Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Ever since that sham of on election in Afghanistan I’ve been against the war effort there. I do not like our troops propping up a government that were thugs against their own people, intimidating them to vote only for their own government. Run off election of not, we now get the distinct dishonor of being the hired thugs of a would be dictator. Huzzah!

  3. 3 JJ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Antisocial & bleatmop

    I was surprised that Afghanistan was the second most corrupt nation on earth 😯 I knew it was corrupt, but almost as bad as Somalia?? That’s pretty bad. Our military does their best, and they’re good at what they do, but there’s not much they can do about it if the whole plan is flawed from the start.

    [shakes head]

  4. 4 toujoursdan Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I lived in New Zealand for a few years in the early 1990s. The RCMP could learn some lessons from the New Zealand Police Force. They are considered the least corrupt and abusive in the world.

  5. 5 JJ Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    toujoursdan – Do they use the taser at all?

  6. 6 J. A. Baker Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I lived in New Zealand for a few years in the early 1990s. The RCMP could learn some lessons from the New Zealand Police Force. They are considered the least corrupt and abusive in the world.

    RCMP, hell. The New Zealand cops would have their hands full teaching American cops not to be so fucking corrupt and abusive – especially our motorcycle cops!


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