Iceland is now in 12th place in terms of the least corrupt countries in the world – down from 7th place only five year previous – and is the most corrupt of the Nordic countries.
According to a new survey from Transparency International (TI), Iceland is now the 12th least corrupt country in the world. This is down from 7th place in 2009, and down from first place, pre-crash, for many consecutive years.
According to public opinion polling TI did in Iceland, 3% of Icelanders reported paying a bribe in 2010. 78% said they did not feel as though their government was effective at fighting corruption, and 53% said they believe corruption in Iceland has increased from 2007 to 2010.
When it comes to institutions within Iceland, those polled felt that the most corrupt of them were the political parties. This was followed by the business and private sector, the institution of parliament itself, and – tied for fourth place – were public servants and the media.
These poll results are in keeping with a University of Iceland poll conducted last August, which showed that most Icelanders do not trust parliament or its legislators.
The overall least corrupt countries in the world, according to TI, are Denmark and New Zealand, both tied for first with 91 points out of 100. Coming out on the bottom of the list, though, were Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.