Greece’s image in terms of corruption is at long last beginning to improve.
The country has now moved up one spot on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2020, which ranks countries by their corruption levels as perceived by experts in the international community.
Therefore, the list does not measure actual levels of corruption, but rather how others view the country in terms of the menace.
With a score of 50 out of 100, with zero indicating rampant corruption and 100 radical transparency, Greece now ranks 59th on the list of 180 countries.
Notably, This is the highest rank the country has every received on the comprehensive list.
In 2019, the country received a score of 48, and sat at the 60th position.
Greece’s score on the CPI has improved greatly in recent years, as the country’s tally has moved up 14 points since 2012.
Transparency International owes this vast improvement to a series of anti-corruption reforms put in place in the country after 2012, in the wake of the disastrous financial crisis.
New Zealand and Denmark at top, Somalia and South Sudan at bottom of corruption list
Shockingly, more than two-thirds of the 180 countries included in the CPI have a score under 50, with an average corruption score of just 43.
New Zealand and Denmark consistently rank at the very top of the list, as both countries are tied for 88 points. Sitting at the 25th place on the index, the US was awarded 67 points.
War-torn Syria, Somalia, and South Sudan have the lowest scores on the CPI, with Syria receiving just 14 points, and Somalia and South Sudan racking up a measly 12.
According to the CPI, the lowest-scoring countries in the European Union are Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, who all share 44 points out of 100.