Italy slumps in world corruption rankings

Global economic crisis blamed as factor

Italy slumps in world corruption rankings

Rome, December 5 - Italy has slid three notches to 72nd place in Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perception Index released Wednesday. On a 100-point scale, the country scored 42, well behind countries such as Namibia and Rwanda, according to the Berlin-based NGO, which measured perceived levels of public-sector corruption in 176 countries and territories around the world. Greece, which fell to 94th place, and Italy were seen has having suffered from increased corruption amid the global economic crisis. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were perceived as the most virtuous with 90 points each, while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia shared last place with 8 points each.

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