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28 nations that pay least and most bribes

Last updated on: November 2, 2011 12:55 IST

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Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group, has just released the Bribe Payers 2011 Index, which ranks countries indulging in bribes to secure business deals abroad.

Business executives were asked for each of the 28 countries with which they have a business relationship with (for example as supplier, client, partner or competitor), "how often do firms headquartered in that country engage in bribery in this country?"

Countries are scored on a scale of 0-10, where a maximum score of 10 corresponds with the view that companies from that country never bribe abroad and a 0 corresponds with the view that they always do.

The countries that score the highest are least likely to bribe for business contracts, while the nations that score the lowest are more inclined to pay bribe to secure deals.

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Image: A campaign to prevent bribes in Zambia.
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India

Score: 7.5

Number of observations: 168

Standard deviation: 3.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.1

Upper bound: 7.9

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Image: Peacock is the national bird of India.
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The Netherlands

Score: 8.8

Number of observations: 168

Standard deviation: 2.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.6

Upper bound: 9.0

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Image: The Binnenhof, where the lower and upper houses of the States-General meet.
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Switzerland

Score: 8.8

Number of observations: 244

Standard deviation: 2.2

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.5

Upper bound: 9.0

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Image: Ski area over the glaciers of Saas-Fee.
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Belgium

Score: 8.7

Number of observations: 221

Standard deviation: 2.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.5

Upper bound: 9.0

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Image: Brussels, the capital city and largest metropolitan area of Belgium.
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Germany

Score: 8.6

Number of observations: 576

Standard deviation: 2.2

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.5

Upper bound: 8.8

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Image: Panorama of Cologne.
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Japan

Score: 8.6

Number of observations: 319

Standard deviation: 2.4

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.4

Upper bound: 8.9

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Image: Osaka Castle (centre).
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Australia

Score: 8.5

Number of observations: 168

Standard deviation: 2.2

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.2

Upper bound: 8.8

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Image: Melbourne docklands at twilight.
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Canada

Score: 8.5

Number of observations: 209

Standard deviation: 2.3

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.2

Upper bound: 8.8

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Singapore

Score: 8.3

Number of observations: 256

Standard deviation: 2.3

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.1

Upper bound: 8.6

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Image: The port of Singapore, one of the world's five busiest, with the skyline of Singapore in the background.
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The United Kingdom

Score: 8.3

Number of observations: 414

Standard deviation: 2.5

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 8.1

Upper bound: 8.5

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Image: The Palace of Westminster, seat of both houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
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The United States

Score: 8.1

Number of observations: 651

Standard deviation: 2.7

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.9

Upper bound: 8.3

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Image: Times Square has the highest annual attendance rate of any tourist attraction in the US.
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France

Score: 8.0

Number of observations: 435

Standard deviation: 2.6

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.8

Upper bound: 8.2

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Spain

Score: 8.0

Number of observations: 326

Standard deviation: 2.6

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.7

Upper bound: 8.2

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South Korea

Score: 7.9

Number of observations: 152

Standard deviation: 2.8

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.5

Upper bound: 8.2

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Brazil

Score: 7.7

Number of observations: 163

Standard deviation: 3.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.3

Upper bound: 8.1

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Image: General view of Salvador.
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Hong Kong

Score: 7.6

Number of observations: 208

Standard deviation: 2.9

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.3

Upper bound: 7.9

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Italy

Score: 7.6

Number of observations: 397

Standard deviation: 2.8

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.4

Upper bound: 7.8

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Malaysia

Score: 7.6

Number of observations: 148

Standard deviation: 2.9

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.2

Upper bound: 8.0

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Image: Kuala Lumpur skyline at night.
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South Africa

Score: 7.6

Number of observations: 191

Standard deviation: 2.8

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.2

Upper bound: 7.9

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Image: Central Cape Town.
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Taiwan

Score: 7.5

Number of observations: 193

Standard deviation: 3.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.2

Upper bound: 7.9

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Turkey

Score: 7.5

Number of observations: 139

Standard deviation: 2.7

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.2

Upper bound: 7.9

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Saudi Arabia

Score: 7.4

Number of observations: 138

Standard deviation: 3.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 7.0

Upper bound: 7.8

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Image: The Nejd landscape: desert and the Tuwaiq Escarpment near Riyadh.
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Argentina

Score: 7.3

Number of observations: 115

Standard deviation: 3.0

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 6.8

Upper bound: 7.7

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The United Arab Emirates

Score: 7.3

Number of observations: 156

Standard deviation: 2.9

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 6.9

Upper bound: 7.7

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Indonesia

Score: 7.1

Number of observations: 153

Standard deviation: 3.4

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 6.6

Upper bound: 7.5

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Image: Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the country's largest commercial centre.
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Mexico

Score: 7.0

Number of observations: 121

Standard deviation: 3.2

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 6.6

Upper bound: 7.5

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China

Score: 6.5

Number of observations: 608

Standard deviation: 3.5

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 6.3

Upper bound: 6.7

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Russia

Score: 6.1

Number of observations: 172

Standard deviation: 3.6

90 per cent confidence level -

Lower bound: 5.7

Upper bound: 6.6


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