Israel ranks 37th out of 175 nations in terms of corruption, according to Transparency International. Of the 34 OECD nations, Israel ranked 24th.
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The corruption perceptions index gives nations grades, with 100 being a perfect score, or no corruption. Israel received a grade of 60, versus 61 last year, meaning the group found Israel to be slightly more corrupt this year.
Israel ranked on par with Spain, Poland and Taiwan.
Corruption rankings were calculated based on size measures.
The highest rated country was Denmark, with a ranking of 92, a slight improvement from its ranking the previous year. Second on the list was New Zealand, followed by the Nordic nations – Finland, Sweden and Norway, which tied with Switzerland. Seventh was Singapore, followed by Holland, Luxembourg and Canada.
The countries that ranked poorest are generally dictatorships or those plagued by extreme poverty or internal conflicts. The bottom ranked countries were North Korea and Somalia, with a grade of 8, followed by Sudan, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya and Eritrea.
“Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption,” states the report. “Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.”
In a ranking on regions, Western Europe was found to be the least corrupt, with an average score of 66, followed by the Americas with a score of 43. The average score in the Middle East was 38, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia with an average score of 33.