According to Transparency International’s 2021 rankings, the least corrupt countries in the world tied for first are Denmark, Finland, and what other country?

And the answer: New Zealand.    
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Thanks to their unwavering public focus on accountability and their consistently high rank in international financial transparency, New Zealand ties for first with a ranking score of 88 out of 100. Neighboring Australia, by comparison, ranks 18th, the U.K. ranks 11th, Canada ranks 13th, the United States ranks 27th, and South Sudan ranks last.

Did you know?

Yesterday was International Anti-Corruption Day 2022! Corruption is defined by the UN as a “a complex social, political, and economic phenomenon that affects all countries,” and has been recognized as a major issue since 2003, when the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption. This International Anti-Corruption Day seeks to highlight the crucial link between anti-corruption and peace, security, and development.

International Anti-Corruption Day marks a time for political leaders, governments, legal bodies, and other lobby groups to work together against corruption. At the forefront of these efforts are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who continue to run campaigns promoting the day and the issues that surround this event.

Beside law enforcement, there is a broad consensus that fighting corruption involves public participation and transparency from the government, in acts like disclosing information. Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand all have high GDP per capita, low inequality rates, literacy rates close to 100%, and all prioritize human rights issues such as gender equality and freedom of information. Thus, it's theorized, less corruption.

Learn more about Anti Corruption Day 2022 here.


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