Netherlands ranked 7th least corrupt country in the world

Netherlands ranked 7th least corrupt country in the world

The Netherlands ranks 7 out of 183 on the list of the world’s least corrupt countries, according to a study released by the International Transparency Organization.

According to the Transparency International’s 2011 Corruptions Perception Index, The Netherlands scored 8.9 points out of a possible 10, ahead of the United States, which was placed 24th in the survey, the United Kingdom, which ranked 16th and Germany in 14th place.

The global index scores 183 countries and territories, with a score of zero indicating highly corrupt to 10 denoting being very clean, based on perceived levels of public sector corruption.

The study uses data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information, perceptions about bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurements, embezzlement of public funds and conflicts of interest.

In 2011, New Zealand is perceived to be the least corrupt country among the 183 nations examined with a score of 9.5 out of a possible 10 points, followed by Finland and Denmark tied for second, Sweden, Singapore, Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Canada rounding out the top ten.

Somalia and North Korea ranked last.

The study declared that its results are well-founded as protests and demonstrations around the world continue to demand greater accountability of their governments.

“This year we have seen corruption on protesters’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government,” said Huguette Labelle, Transparency International’s chair.

“High-scoring countries show that over time efforts to improve transparency can, if sustained, be successful and benefit their people,” said the report.

Countries in the Eurozone suffering debt crises, including Greece and Italy, are among the lowest-scoring EU countries.

Transparency International, headquartered in Berlin, reports having 90 chapters worldwide. The organization says it works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to combat corruption.

The complete report, released Thursday, can be seen at

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