December 2, 2011 by staff
Corruption Rankings, Israel has fallen to 36th place in Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, tying with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, down from 30th place in 2010 and its lowest-ever ranking since it was first included in the index. This year’s index covered 183 countries. Israel’s score fell from 6.1 points in 2010 to 5.8 points in 2011.
Nine of the top ten countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index are all OECD member states. New Zealand tops the rankings as the least corrupt country, with a score of 9.4 points, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia,, Switzerland and Canada. Japan is ranked 14th, the UK is in 16th place, and the US is in 24th place.
Israel is ranked 25th out of the 34 OECD member states, ahead of only Turkey, Italy, and Greece. In the Middle East, Israel is perceived to me more corrupt than Qatar (in 22nd place), the United Arab Emirates (28th place), and Cyprus (30th place).
Transparency International chairwoman Huguette Labelle said, “This year we have seen corruption on protesters’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government.
Shvil – Transparency International Israel executive director Galia Sagy said, “In 1996, Israel received a score of 7.71. There has been a steady, albeit slow, decline ever since in the perception of corruption in Israel. The current score is the lowest ever. We are in a critical period in the country, when the nation has made its voice heard and is demanding social justice. The demand is for transparency, information, ethical conduct, the severing of power and money, and for a fight against corruption, because corruption is one of the main causes of social inequality.”
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