Corruption getting worse, says poll

by BBC

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Map: Which country pays the most bribes?

One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.

The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe – 84% – and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa. See the list below. The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia, they all have a bribery rate of 1%.
27% world average
Top countries:
1. Sierra Leone 84%
2. Liberia 75%
3. Yemen 74%
4. Kenya 70%
Interactive Population who have paid a bribe

People, % Number of countries

Less than 5%
16
5 – 9%
7
10 – 14%
10
15 – 19%
11
20 – 29%
14
30 – 39%
14
40 – 49%
9
50 – 74%
12
75% or more
2

Source: Transparency International, Global Corruption Barometer, 2013

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer gathered data from 95 countries on bribery. For a small number of them, including Brazil and Russia, data on particular questions has been excluded because of concerns about validity and reliability. For the question on corrupt institutions 105 countries were covered.

The margin of error for each country is 3%. The typical sample size is 1,000 people. Four countries – Cyprus, Luxembourg, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands – have a sample size of 500 people and a margin of error of 4%.
Case studies: Tales of bribery and corruption
Have you paid a bribe?

Country Percentage

Afghanistan 46

Algeria 41

Argentina 13

Armenia 18

Australia 1

Bangladesh 39

Belgium 4

Bolivia 36

Bosnia and Herzegovina 28

Bulgaria 8

Cambodia 57

Cameroon 62

Canada 3

Chile 10

Colombia 22

Croatia 4

Cyprus 19

Czech Republic 15

Denmark 1

DR Congo 46

Egypt 36

El Salvador 12

Estonia 6

Ethiopia 44

Finland 1

Georgia 4

Ghana 54

Greece 22

Hungary 12

India 54

Indonesia 36

Iraq 29

Israel 12

Italy 5

Jamaica 12

Japan 1

Jordan 37

Kazakhstan 34

Kenya 70

Kosovo 16

Kyrgyzstan 45

Latvia 19

Liberia 75

Libya 62

Lithuania 26

Macedonia 17

Madagascar 28

Malaysia 3

Maldives 3

Mexico 33

Moldova 29

Mongolia 45

Morocco 49

Mozambique 62

Nepal 31

New Zealand 3

Nigeria 44

Norway 3

Pakistan 34

Palestine 12

Papua New Guinea 27

Paraguay 25

Peru 20

Philippines 12

Portugal 3

Romania 17

Rwanda 13

Senegal 57

Serbia 26

Sierra Leone 84

Slovakia 21

Slovenia 6

Solomon Islands 34

South Africa 47

South Korea

South Sudan 39

Spain 2

Sri Lanka 19

Sudan 17

Switzerland 7

Taiwan 36

Tanzania 56

Thailand 18

Tunisia 18

Turkey 21

Uganda 61

UK 5

Ukraine 37

Uruguay 3

US 7

Vanuatu 13

Venezuela 27

Vietnam 30

Yemen 74

Zimbabwe 62

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