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Corruption in Nepal: The Himalayan country ranks 110th in Corruption Perceptions Index

Corruption in Nepal: Nepal has been ranked 110th out of 180 countries and territories in the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released by Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption organization. The annual publication shows that Nepal has improved by seven positions compared to its ranking of 117th in 2021

Corruption levels almost the same in the country

Transparency International uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the most corrupt and 100 is the least corrupt. A score below 50 signifies high levels of corruption, according to the advocacy group. Nepal scored 34 points in 2022, one point higher than in 2021. Despite this improvement, Transparency International Nepal stated that the country remains in the category of countries with rampant corruption.

In South Asia, Nepal is ranked lower than Bhutan (25th), Maldives (85th), India (85th), and Sri Lanka (101st). Only Pakistan (140th), Bangladesh (147th), and Afghanistan (150th) rank lower than Nepal.

CPI remains unchanged

The CPI global average remains unchanged at 43 for the 11th consecutive year, with more than two-thirds of countries scoring below 50 and indicating a serious corruption problem. Denmark tops the index this year with a score of 90, followed by Finland and New Zealand at 87. South Sudan, Syria, and Somalia, all involved in the ongoing conflict, remain at the bottom of the CPI with scores of 13, 13, and 12 respectively.

Denmark leads the tally

Denmark leads with 90 points, and Somalia is last with 12 points. 58 out of 180 countries scored over 50 points. The survey of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in Nepal was conducted by six international organizations: World Bank, World Economic Forum, Global Insight, Bertelsmann Foundation, World Justice, and Varieties of Democratic Project (V-Dem). The survey covered various aspects, such as the performance of public officials, civil society’s access to information, trade, business, corruption, and the abuse of power for personal gain by government, parliamentary, judicial, and security personnel.

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