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Corruption Perception Index: Latvia demonstrates worst position among Baltic States

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDenmark, New Zealand and Finland have been recognized the most corruption-free countries of the world in 2014. The most corrupt states include Sudan, North Korea and Somali, according to the annual corruption perception rating compiled by Transparency International.

The situation in Latvia has improved in comparison with 2013. While Latvia was on the 49th place along with Costa Rica and Ruanda, Latvia currently shares 43th place with Malta, South Korea and Seychelles.

Nevertheless, Latvia is behind Estonia (26th) and Lithuania (39th).

Belarus is on the 119th place, Russia – 136th and Ukraine, which is the most corrupt country in Europe, is on the 142nd place.

Corruption is said to have increased in emerging economies like China and Turkey. According to Transparency International, economic growth often tempts officials to abuse power.

«The 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that economic growth is undermined and efforts to stop corruption fade when leaders and high level officials abuse power to appropriate public funds for personal gain,» – said José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International.

Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway are at the top of the list. North Korea and Somali, on the other hand, are at the very bottom.


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  1. MBI says:

    Latvia is coming last amongst the Baltic countries on the Corruption Perception Index because of raiderism cases like the one on NP Foods/Laima and the Grand Palace Hotel in Old Riga, which BNN reported on.
    Too many lawyers and judges and other officials in Latvia are still corrupt and can be bought by Mafia-like criminal individuals and organizations.
    This is not the fault of the Latvian People, but of the Latvian Elite and the Latvian Authorities, because they let themselves be infiltrated and bribed by criminal elements, be they from Russia or from within their own population.
    These raiderism cases are extremely unhelpful when it comes to investor and business confidence, I mentioned this so many times already.
    It makes me very sad for Latvia and the Latvian People, because the country and the good and honest citizens deserve so much better!

    You can do better, and be a shining light and positive example for the Baltics, Europe and the World.

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