The Government will no doubt be cheering the fact that Britain has been named among the top 10 least corrupt countries in the world today. Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index put the UK in joint 10th with Germany and Luxembourg, up from 14th place last year.
The list was topped by Denmark, which was joined in the top five by fellow Scandi do-gooders Finland, Norway and Sweden (as well as the Netherlands and New Zealand, the latter in joint 5th place with Norway). In joint last place were (you guessed it) Somalia and North Korea.
Britain’s ascension is undeniably good news but TI made a point of saying there’s still plenty of work to be done. ‘Nobody should think that all is rosy in the UK,’ said its UK executive director Dr Robert Barrington. ‘Political corruption scandals, UK companies being accused of bribing overseas, the laundering of corrupt funds through the City and a lack of transparency over British controlled tax havens, will all contribute to raised eyebrows over this top ten ranking.’
It’s worth noting the index is focused specifically on public sector corruption, which explains why the respective homes of FIFA (Switzerland), Volkswagen (Germany) and Tesco (the UK) all made it into the top 10.
The 10 least corrupt countries in the world:
4. New Zealand
=10. United Kingdom
And at the bottom of the table...
163. South Sudan
167. Korea (North)