Sympathetic Stupid

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Corruption Race

Why is Nigeria celebrating after being named the 6th most perceived corrupt country in the world? Chippla's great blog gives a flabbergasting and scary perspective on the way much of the world works.

This is according to the Corruption Perception Index. In Australia, we're consistent top ten performers in the least corrupt country stakes, along with the usual suspects; my first surprise was Chile at 21, equal with Japan. But have a look at this map for an idea of just how widespread this problem is. The map is dark with small expanses of light, in Western Europe, North America and Oceania. In dark colours are 8 of the 10 most populous countries - China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Nigeria - with 52% of the world's population.

It's yet another ridiculously widespread problem which we just don't see in our lucky country.