Singapore only Asian nation named in 2023’s top 10 least corrupt countries

The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index says that Singapore is still the fifth least corrupt country in the world. Denmark came in at number one on the list, according to the South China Morning Post.

Singapore is the only Asian country that has been in the top 10 since the index started coming out in 1995. Before, the country that people love to visit came in third place in 2018 and 2020, fourth place in 2019 and 2021, and fifth place in 2022 and 2023.

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) released a new index for 2023 that ranks countries by how corrupt they are thought to be in the public sector. Scores range from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

The information came from 13 outside sources.

  • Denmark (90 points)
  • Finland (87)
  • New Zealand (85)
  • Norway (84)
  • Singapore (83)
  • Sweden (82)
  • Switzerland (82)
  • Netherlands (79)
  • Germany (78)
  • Luxembourg (78)

Singapore scored 83 in 2023, the same score it received the year before.

According to the CPIB, corruption in Singapore “remains firmly under control.” They pointed out that the number of corruption cases in the public sector has stayed low over time.

“Public Perception Surveys regularly conducted by CPIB indicate strong public confidence in our national corruption control efforts,” it said.

Singapore was ranked third out of 142 countries in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2023 for how free of corruption it is. This makes it the best country in Asia.

The 2023 “Report on Corruption in Asia” from the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy also put Singapore at the top of a list of 16 economies.

The ranking comes after Singapore’s Transport Minister Subramaniam Iswaran quit after being charged with corruption. He was the first minister in the country’s history to be charged with a crime while still in office.

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