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2015 Corruption Perceptions Index Shows Improved Scores

Jaclyn Jaeger | January 27, 2016

More countries improved their scores in Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index than declined. That’s the good news.

The bad news: corruption, overall, is still rife globally.

The 2015 TI index, released today, ranks countries on a scale of zero (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean). Of the 168 countries ranked in this year's index, 114 scored below 50, signaling that public companies need to be more transparent, and government officials held more accountable.

Brazil, Libya, Spain and Turkey are just a few countries that fared worse than last year. Brazil slipped the most, falling five points and dropping seven places to a rank of 76. Turkey slipped for a second year in a row from 53rd place in 2013 to 64th place in 2014 to 66th place in 2015. Spain fell one spot from 37th place in 2014 to 36th in 2015.

Countries that improved their scores...

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