Transparency International:  

Denmark is the Least Corrupt Country in the World

2012.12.05

Danmark is again in 2012 one of the best ranked countries in Transparency International's study of corruption worldwide. No bribery and an open and well-functioning public sector have placed Denmark in top of the ranking since the first study in 1995.

Corruption Perception Index 2012

The CPI – Corruption Perception Index - is based on a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption collected by reputable institutions and focuses on the perception of corruption in the public sector. This years study covers 176 nations.

Minister for Trade and Investment, Mrs. Pia Olsen Dyhr comments:

- “In Denmark we have a society based on trust. We trust each other and we trust the public institutions that surround and support us. I am pleased to see that this is also reflected in the newest study by Transparency International, as I know that a well-functioning public sector is a key element in running a professional business.”    

Denmark is often highlighted as a good place to do business, because of the safe business environment with no bribery and a very well-functioning public sector. Just recently the World Bank ranked Denmark number one in Europe in regard to the ease of doing business.

While Denmark scores 90 point out of 100, two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50.

About the Corruption Perception Index (CPI)

The CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.

The 2012 CPI draws on data sources from independent institutions specialising in governance and business climate analysis. The CPI includes only sources that provide a score for a set of countries/territories and that measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector. Transparency International reviews the methodology of each data source in detail to ensure that the sources used meet Transparency International’s quality standards.

The CPI is an indicator of perceptions of public sector corruption, i.e. administrative and political corruption. It is not a verdict on the levels of corruption of entire nations or societies, or of their policies, or the activities of their private sector. CPI is conducted by Transparency International, a global civil society organisation against corruption.

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