Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world

Denmark once again takes the top spot as the least corrupt country in Transparency International’s global study of public sector corruption.

Denmark, for the fourth consecutive year, has the world’s least corrupt public sector, according to the newly released Corruption Perception Index 2016 by Transparency International. New Zealand shares the first place this year.

Denmark’s public sector is praised for high levels of press freedom, access to budget information for the public, high levels of integrity among people in power, and judiciaries that do not differentiate between rich and poor and that are truly independent from other parts of government.

The World Bank: Denmark is the easiest place for business

No bribery and an open and well-functioning public sector have placed Denmark in the top of anti-corruption rankings in the past twenty years. And this is one of the reasons why Denmark is often highlighted as a very attractive place to do business.

“Transparency and easy no-frills access to official business authorities is important when you are setting up and running a business. If you are considering doing business in Northern Europe, Greater Copenhagen offers a very attractive business environment – and Copenhagen Capacity is ready to advise and assist you all the way”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity.

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The top ten least corrupt countries in 2016

  • #1: Denmark
  • #1: New Zealand
  • #3: Finland
  • #4: Sweden
  • #5: Switzerland
  • #6: Norway
  • #7: Singapore
  • #8: Netherlands
  • #9: Canada
  • #10: Germany

About the Corruption Perceptions Index

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the most widely used measurement of public sector corruption worldwide. The newly released 2016 edition covers 176 countries and territories.

The CPI is conducted by the global civil society organisation against corruption, Transparency International. The Index 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, their policies or their private sector activities.

See the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 here.