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Corruption up, almost everywhere

At least that appears to be the general conclusion to be drawn from this year’s corruption barometer from Transparency International. The Guardian reported on this measurement of the global climate for corruption, noting:

Corruption is, by definition, difficult to measure. Transparency International’s surveys are among the few sources of data on the subject, though they focus largely on perception.

And the perception is that, in general, the world has become more corrupt. The red countries in the map below show those nations where the citizenry thinks corrupt practices have increased overall. Go to the site and explore yourself.

You’ll find the Brits don’t trust the media, Americans don’t trust government and Norwegians don’t trust business. Sudan and South Sudan have improved, at least.

Corruption barometer



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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.