2.5 out of 10. That’s the score given to Honduras by Transparency International, where 0 is the most corrupt, and 10 is the least. The scores are the result of surveys of businesspeople and the research of country analysts.
At the top of the list are:
- 9.4: Denmark, Finland and New Zealand
- 9.3: Singapore and Sweden
- 9.2: Iceland
- 9.0: Netherlands and Switzerland
- 8.7: Canada and Norway
The U.S. received a score of 7.2, ahead of Belgium and behind France with a rank of 20 among 180 nations researched.
Honduras however received a dreadful score of 2.5, together with Burundi, Iran, Libya, Nepal, the Philippines and Yemen. Our rank is 132 out of 180. Costa Rica, our rival and the most developed country in Central America, received a still-failing grade of 5.0, at a rank of 48.
The lowest score in Latin America goes to Haiti, with an unimaginable score of 1.6 and a rank of 177. Out of the entire world only Iraq, who got a 1.5 rating, and Myanmar and Somalia, with 1.4, had lower scores. It surprised me to see that Venezuela ranked 167, with an inexcusable 2.0 score. Russia also scored very low, 2.3 with a rank of 145, WORSE THAN HONDURAS.
Transparency International is a global coalition to eliminate corruption. Their website offers their Global Corruption Report, aids to teach ethics to children, the Spanish Como Enseñar Etica a los Niños is free.
The worldwide grade curve is:
- A: 8 nations
- B: 7 nations
- C: 7 nations
- D: 11 nations
- F: 47 nations
Awful. Only 33 nations pass the corruption test (about 1 out of five). You can find the full list at Enquirer.net
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