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Nepal Ranks 108th in Global Corruption Perception Index: Modest Improvement Noted

Nepal has just landed in the 108th spot among 180 countries and territories in the Corruption Perceptions Index. This index, released annually by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group based in Berlin, gives us a snapshot of how different countries are doing in terms of corruption.

In the latest report for 2023, Nepal showed a bit of progress by climbing two positions up the global ladder compared to the previous year. Back in 2022, Nepal was sitting at 110th place, and in 2021, it was even lower at 117th.

Transparency International uses a scoring system from zero to 100, where zero means there’s a lot of corruption and 100 means it’s squeaky clean. Nepal’s score in 2023 was 35, just one point better than the year before.

Even though there’s been some improvement, Transparency International Nepal pointed out that Nepal is still in the group of countries dealing with a high level of corruption.

Looking around South Asia, Nepal finds itself trailing behind Bhutan (26th), the Maldives (93rd), and India (93rd), but it’s ahead of Sri Lanka (115th), Pakistan (133rd), Bangladesh (149th), and Afghanistan (162nd).

As for its northern neighbor, China, it’s sitting in the 76th spot with 42 points.

The global average for the Corruption Perceptions Index has stayed the same for 12 years straight, resting at 43. That’s not so good news, considering more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, indicating some serious corruption issues worldwide, according to Transparency International.

Leading the index once again is Denmark (90), followed closely by Finland and New Zealand with scores of 87 and 85, respectively. These countries are also doing well in the Rule of Law Index thanks to their solid justice systems.

At the bottom of the index are countries like Somalia (11), Venezuela (13), Syria (13), South Sudan (13), and Yemen (16). Unfortunately, these places are all dealing with long-term crises, especially armed conflicts.

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