A new survey shows that the countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also seen as among the most corrupt in the European Union, an international watchdog group said today.
Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in western Europe.
Where 0 is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean”, Greece scored 36, Italy 42, Portugal 63 and Spain 65.
By comparison, Denmark and Finland tied with New Zealand at the top of the list with scores of 90, while Ireland scored 69, finishing in joint 25th (first place being least corrupt).
Germany scored 79, the UK 74 and the US 73.
Overall, the countries seen as most corrupt were Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan – all of which scored eight.
Two-thirds of the 176 countries ranked scored below 50.