2008 Transparency International Report

Chile is ranked among the 23 least corrupt countries

The South American country, together with Uruguay, led the study at the Latin American level.

Monday, August 24, 2009  

Chile was ranked among the 23 least corrupt countries according to a 2008 report of perception realized by the world organization Transparency International.

Together with Uruguay, the South American country was placed first within the Latin American countries.

This study measures the levels of perception of corruption in the public service of a specific country and it is formed by a compound rate that it is based on varied surveys to experts and companies. Like 2007, the rate considered 180 countries in a scale from 0 (perception of being very corrupt) to 10 (perceived lack of corruption).

Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden shared the highest scores (9.3) and at the end of the list Somalia was placed (1,0). Chile received 6.9 points, along with France and Uruguay. It exceeded countries such as Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea and Check Republic, among others.

In world terms, the study confirmed that countries with low incomes show higher levels of corruption,  but some wealthier countries  showed regression as corporate scandals have been discovered.

Transparency International stated that to improve the performance, nations must have “more solid institutions, rules in strict compliance with the law and more rigorous regulation that will guarantee lower levels of corruption as well as a more relevant participation of all members of society.