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Estonia among the least corrupt countries, rising to 12th position globally: report

Estonia, already among the least corrupt countries in the world, climbs two point higher in the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, showcasing its commitment to transparency.

Estonia has improved its ranking in the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, moving up two places to 12th out of 180 countries.

Its score increased from 74 in 2022 to 76 in 2023. The top five countries in the 2023 index are Denmark (90), Finland (87), New Zealand (85), Norway (84), and Singapore (83).

Lithuania ranks 34th globally with 61 points, and Latvia follows in 36th place with 60 points on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

The CPI, provided by Transparency International, assesses 180 countries and territories based on their perceived public sector corruption levels, using a scale of 0 to 100 where 0 indicates high corruption and 100 indicates low corruption. Corruption Perceptions Index scores are calculated as the aggregate result of up to 13 independent surveys and expert group assessments. It excludes private sector corruption and money laundering.

Estonia, with its advanced e-goverment and anti-corruption measures, has demonstrated significant progress in improving transparency within its public sector. This translates to the private sector as well, and is reflected by Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI), where Estonia is 14 out of 190 economies. Research has shown that there is a correlation between the two indices, with countries that score poorly on the CPI also tending to rank lower on the EDBI.

Estonia, alongside other Nordic nations, is among the global leaders in digital transformation and governance, leveraging technology to enhance government services, increase transparency, and combat corruption effectively. Things are not as bright across the world. In 2023, anti-corruption efforts either stagnated or regressed in more than three-quarters of the countries assessed.

More information about the Corruption Perceptions Index is available here.

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