Despite falling 9 positions in one year Costa Rica is still the fourth least corrupt country in Latin America behind only Chile, Uruguay and Puerto Rico. This according to Transparency International’s Corruption perceptions index which measures the perceived levels of public corruption inn 183 countries around the world.
Costa Rica is ranked 50 in the world. New Zealand ranks first, followed by Finland and Denmark. Somalia and North Korea are last.
Nicaragua, Paraguay and Venezuela are the most corrupt countries in Latin America. Venezuela is considered to be the most corrupt of all.
The index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest.
In Central America, Nicaragua is 134th overall with a score of 2.5, Panama 86th with 3.3, El Salvador 80th with 3.4, Honduras 129th with a 2.6 and Guatemala in 120th place with a 2.7.
In South America, Colombia ranked 80th overall with a score of 3.4, Venezuela 172nd with 1.9, Brazil 73rd with 3.8, Argentina 100th with 3 and Chile, the least corrupt of all Latin American countries, placing 22nd overall ad with a score of 7.2.