According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore has once again been ranked as the fifth least corrupt country in the world. This marks the 29th consecutive year that Singapore has been ranked in the top 10 since the index was first published in 1995.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption, with a score ranging from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Singapore received a score of 83 in 2023, the same score as the previous year.
“Over two-thirds of countries score below 50 out of 100, which strongly indicates that they have serious corruption problems. The global average is stuck at only 43, while the vast majority of countries have made no progress or declined in the last decade. What is more, 23 countries fell to their lowest scores to date this year” CPI said in its report.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau Singapore (CPIB) stated that the corruption situation in Singapore “remains firmly under control” and highlighted the consistently low number of public sector corruption cases. The CPIB also noted that public perception surveys consistently show strong confidence in Singapore’s efforts to combat corruption.
“The corruption situation in Singapore remains firmly under control. In the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2023, Singapore was ranked 3rd for absence of corruption, the top Asian nation out of 142 countries”.
The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) ranked Singapore as the least corrupt country in its 2023 Report on Corruption in Asia out of 16 economies, a position we have held since 1995.
Domestically, the number of public sector corruption cases remains consistently low and Public Perception Surveys regularly conducted by CPIB indicate strong public confidence in our national corruption control efforts.
– Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
In addition to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore has also performed well in other corruption-related rankings. It was ranked third for absence of corruption in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2023, making it the top Asian nation out of 142 countries. It also ranked first out of 16 economies in the 2023 Report on Corruption in Asia by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC).
The CPIB emphasized that Singapore’s reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world is well-deserved, and stated that it will continue to work with the community to prevent corruption. The bureau encouraged individuals to report any information or incidents related to corruption, assuring that all reports will be taken seriously and acted upon.
Singapore’s reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world is hard-earned. CPIB will continue to work with the community to keep corruption at bay. CPIB is grateful to all members of the public for their constant vigilance and strong support in the fight against corruption, especially those who have come forward to report wrongdoing. CPIB takes a serious view of all reports and information that may disclose a corruption offence, whether the informant is known or anonymous. Together, we will continue to ensure that incorruptibility remains a key part of the Singaporean DNA.
– Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
The top 10 least corrupt countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2023 are as follows:
- Denmark (90 points)
- Finland (87)
- New Zealand (85)
- Norway (84)
- Singapore (83)
- Sweden (82)
- Switzerland (82)
- Netherlands (79)
- Germany (78)
- Luxembourg (78)
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