Son: Dad I am considering a career in organised crime.
Dad: Government or private sector?
This interview could happen literally anywhere in the world. Transparency International has developed a comprehensive list of the world’s most corrupt nations and it paints an alarming picture. Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Denmark is at the top of the index again, with a strong rule of law, support for civil society and clear rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions. It is followed by other Nordic countries, with New Zealand and Switzerland completing the top five least corrupt cleanest nations.
The most corrupt country is Somalia, which is perhaps the most unstable country on the entire planet. Turkey suffered the biggest drop in score out of 175 countries in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index.
Index scores in many EU countries remain unchanged or have improved slightly. However, this year has been marked by numerous scandals in the heart of “old Europe”: in France, Spain and Italy they included a former president, a current regional president and members of the royal family, not to mention dozens of politicians and influential business people.