Canada must be doing something right - In a recent report by Transparency International, it was ranked the ninth least corrupt country in the world.
The rankings are based on a Corruptions Perceptions Index, which assigns each country a value out of 100. The higher the value is, the least corrupt the country assigned to that value is considered to be. The global average score was 43 out of 100, which according to TI indicates an "endemic corruption in a country's public sector."
Here are the top 10 least corrupt countries in the world:
2. New Zealand
The lower-ranked countries fit within a general trend of corruption, imbalance of power and inequality of wealth. The report explains that the interplay of such factors causes people to 1) lose faith in traditional politicians who have failed to ameliorate those problems, and 2) turn to populist figures who promise the same changes but are equally (or perhaps more) untrustworthy in reality. Perhaps that's the reason why the United States, which is regularly considered to be one of the most powerful nations in the world, failed to make the top 10.
Conversely, the higher-ranked countries exhibit higher degrees of press freedom, access to information, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems. Of course, this is not to say that these countries are completely immune to crime and corruption; but the effects of such are felt less by citizens due to the aforementioned "safeguards" that are put into place.
You can view the full report here.
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