World's Least Corrupt Nations
Corruption is something that not only degrades the quality of life but also affects the economic stability of a country. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is an indicator of how well a country fares in the corruption barometer. The more a country's Corruption Perception Index score, the less corrupt the country is. CPI ranges from 0 to 100 with '0' indicating highest corruption and score of 100 for the country with zero corruption.
DENMARK -The Land of Light | CPI Score: 90
Unitary Parliamentary system with independent judiciary forms the pillar of Denmark monarchy . (In photo):People visit the EWEA Offshore at the Bella Center conference and exhibition center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
NEW ZEALAND - The Land of Long White Cloud | CPI Score: 90
The judiciary and the legislature together are regarded as the top-notch facilitators for implementing anti-corruption laws in the beautiful country of New Zealand. New Zealand also scores well on quality of life, human development and economic equality.
Finland - The Land of a Thousand Lakes | CPI Score: 89
Finland also scores high on anti-corruption laws, the resolution time in crime cases and possess high value integrity systems. (In photo):Trains are seen in central railway station in Helsinki, Finland.
Sweden - The Land of the Rising Coastline | CPI Score: 88
Corruption is regarded as 'abuse of power' by the government officials and the people alike in Sweden. Equality in workplace, high quality of life and human development are the other factors that help Sweden to achieve a good CPI score. Photo taken shows a high Christmas tree in downtown Stockholm, capital of Sweden.
Switzerland - The Land of Milk and Honey | CPI Score: 86
One of the most transparent democracies of the world, Switzerland directly involves people in the decision making of the government through proper referanda. The famous direct democracy system with legal framework and anti-corruption laws makes Switzerland's democracy one of the most stable ones. Photo taken shows the beautiful landscape of Lavaux Vineyard Terrace beside the lake of Lemen in Switzerland.
Norway - The Land of the Midnight Sun | CPI Score: 85
Norway has an effective judicial system which is independent of the government bureaucracy. With anti-corruption laws updated yearly by the government, Norway also boosts of a high living standard. Photo taken shows the view during full solar eclipse in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Singapore - The Lion City | CPI Score: 84
The CPIB ( Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau ) is an agency in Singapore that implements and initiate actions against the defaulters. This is backed by a powerful judiciary which makes Singapore one of the least corrupt nations. In photo: Fireworks during the Marina Bay Singapore 2017 Countdown at Marina Bay in Singapore.
The Netherlands | CPI Score: 83
Netherlands boost of a very transparent judiciary and anti-corruption laws which are frequently monitored by the Prime Minister under the King's direction. Photo shows people wait at the central station in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Canada - The Great White North | CPI Score: 82
Open democratic parliamentary system, high quality life, educational system and government transparency makes Canada arrive at the 9th position in the list. The queen, Prime Minister and the cabinet are in charge of constituting laws which are interpreted by the Supreme Court.(In photos:)The CN Tower is lit up in red in Toronto, Canada.
Germany - The Land of Ideas | CPI Score: 81
Germany has strict rules and police administration to check corruption. There is also an anti-corruption wing that is regarded as one of the best in the world. (In photo):A snowman standing in front of Berlin Cathedral, in Berlin, Germany.
India | CPI Score: 40
India with the largest democracy lags far behind in terms of anti-corruption laws. The over-pending cases in the courts and the lack of judges further adds to its woes. In photo:A view of Taj Mahal in Agra.