The level of corruption in a country is closely linked to the state of health of its democracy, says a report released Tuesday.
Transparency International’s annual report for 2018 states that two-thirds of the world’s countries score less than 50, on a scale where “0” indicates absolute corruption and “100” indicates total cleanliness.
Canada lost ground again in 2018 with a score of 81. It had a score of 83 in 2015 and 82 in 2016 and 2017. It is tied for ninth place with Luxembourg. The first place belongs to Denmark with a score of 88.
Transparency draws a link between corruption and the health of democracy.
Fully democratic countries achieved an average score of 75, failing democracies of 49 and autocratic regimes of 30. The group recalls that Hungary and Turkey have lost eight and nine points, respectively, for five years.
Somalia, with a rating of 10, is considered the most corrupt country in the world.
The country score is calculated using data from the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the African Development Bank.