New Zealand tops Transparency International’s 2009 corruption perception index.
The others in the top 10 are: Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands and Australia, Canada and Iceland which are 8th equal.
The countries at the bottom are: Chad, Iraq, Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Corruption is a form of oppression and this map shows how widespread it is:
While it’s good to be relatively good, what really matters is not how good we are perceived to be relative to anyone else but how good we are fullstop.
A score of 9.4 does mean we’re perceived to be pretty good.
That makes it more likely that other countries and other people will trust us and our institutions.
But we need to be vigilant to ensure that reality matches the perception.
Hat tip: Poneke.