Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.

Transparency International have released their "Corruption Perceptions Index 2015", highlighting how countries score for being corrupt or "clean".

Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions.

No surprises to many, but the nordics are all in the top-5. Denmark is first, Norway fifth, UK 10th, US 16th. It shouldn't be a shock, but the various war-torn countries (Afghanistan, Syria etc) are very close to or at the bottom of the scale for being as corrupt as possible. Potentially not a fair assessment, due to the state of the countries, but that's not necessarily how the perception index works.

I'm not entirely sure how the organisation comes up with the figures they use, but it's interesting to see none-the-less. The "land and country of the free" is not as clean (USA) as it may want to appear.

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Image, embedded map and figures source: Transparency International