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2013 Corruption Perceptions Index Lists Most Corrupt Countries

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 4, 2013

Spain, Libya, and Iraq are just a few countries who fared worst than last year in Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.

Spain slipped from 30th place in 2012 to 40th this year out of 177 countries around the world where perceptions about corruption were measured. Libya fell 12 places from 160 in 2012 to 172 in 2013; Iraq also from 169th place in 2012 to 171 in 2013.

The BRIC countries did not fare much better. China and India ranked 80th and 94th, respectively, the same spots that they held in 2012. Brazil fell three spots from 69 in 2012 to 72 in 2013. Russia was the only BRIC nation to improve its rank, slightly moving up from 133 in 2012 to127 in 2013. Mexico fell one spot from 105 to 106.

Countries that improved their scores include Greece and Ireland. Greece jumped from 94th place in 2012 to 80th place in 2013. Ireland also improved from 25th place...

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