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2012 Corruption Perceptions Index Lists Most Corrupt Countries

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 5, 2012

China, Russia, and several European countries—including Greece and Ireland—fared poorly on the latest measure of country corruption, according to Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index.

China slipped from 75th place in 2011 to 80th this year out of 176 countries around the world where perceptions about corruption were measured. Several European countries also declined in the rankings, including Greece, which fell 14 places to 94; Ireland, which declined 6 placed to 25; and Austria, which slid 9 place from the 2011 ranks to tie with Ireland. The United States placed 19th, improving on its 2011 ranking of 24th.

Bribery is still endemic in several countries around the world and governments aren't doing enough to fight corruption, according to the report by Transparency International. The index ranks countries on a scale of zero (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

Of the 176 countries ranked in this year's...

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