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Africa News: Botswana is least corrupt African country

Transparency International ranks corruption around the world.
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Elephant in Botswana. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Corruption in Africa. Everyone knows it's a problem. But just how bad is it, compared to the rest of the world?

Well, Transparency International has just released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011. The report measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in 183 countries and territories. And sub-Saharan African countries are relatively corrupt.

Botswana is the most clean African country, with a rating of 6.1 which gives it a world ranking of the 32nd least corrupt country. Rwanda is next, with a rating of 5, which makes it the 49th least corrupt country in the world. From there it drops off steeply Namibia has a rating of 4.4 and South Africa has a rating of 4.1.

Somalia is rated at the most corrupt country in the world with a rating of 1. Sudan is a little bit better with a rating of 1.6.

Zimbabwe and Kenya both have ratings of 2.2, Mozambique is better at 2.7. Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are worse at 2.

And just so you know, the least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand, Denmark and Finland. The most corrupt are Afghanistan, North Korea, Myanmar and Somalia.


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