The Global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published Tuesday has both good news and bad news for Israel: While Israel maintained
its overall ranking in the global corruption index – 30th place, with a score of 6.1 – it is still among the OECD's most corrupt nations, ranking 22nd out of 33.
The global Corruption Perceptions Index ranks and annual standings of 178 nations worldwide. Ranking is defined by "the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians". The organization defines corruption as "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain."
The 2009 CPI ranked Israel 32nd in its global list, with a score of 6.1. Israel ranked 33rd and 30th in 2008 and 2007 respectively, while in 2006 it ranked 34, with a score of 5.9; and in 1997 it ranked 15 least corrupt, with a score of 7.97.
According to Shvil – Transparency International's branch in Israel, Denmark topped the list as the world's least corrupt, with a score of 9.3. New Zealand shares the score, ranking second. Singapore ranked third, followed by Finland (4), Sweden (5), Canada (6), The Netherlands (7), Australia (8) and Switzerland (9). Rounding up the top 10 is Norway.
The United States ranked 22nd. Israel is followed by Spain (31) and Portugal (32). Egypt ranked 99th, Lebanon – 130, Syria – 133 and Iran – 146.
The bottom 10 include Angola (168), followed by Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Chad, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar, Somalia received the dubious honor of being ranked most corrupt at 178, with a score of 1.1.
Shvil CEO Galia Sagi, said that "Israel has maintained its status, in terms of perceived corruption. Nevertheless, we must remember that the fight against corruption in ongoing and daily. The government must integrate such action into its every aspect."
CPI data, she said, indicated that governments worldwide were doing their best to implement the UN's anti-corruption work plan, in order to avoid plunging into another global financial crisis.