February 22, 2018
The latest Corruption Perceptions Index, produced by Transparency International and released yesterday, ranks Slovenia in joint 34th place with Botswana, just below Israel and above Poland and the Seychelles. The index is produced annually by the organisation, which aims to end the abuse of power through bribery and secret deals. A total of 180 countries were given scores out of 100, based on the level of public sector corruption perceived by survey respondents in each nation, with a score of 0 indicating highly corrupt and 100 very clean.
The countries at the top of the ranking, seen as least corrupt by their populations, were New Zealand, with a score of 89, and Denmark, with a score of 88. Slovenia scored 61 to give it a ranking of 34 overall, in comparison with the average score of 66 for Western European nations. When looking at the EU and Western Europe in isolation, Slovenia is in 17th place, between Portugal and Poland.
Turning to other countries from the former Yugoslavia, Croatia was in 57th place with a score of 49, Montenegro at 64 with a score of 46, Serbia at 77 (41), Kosovo at 85 (39), Bosnia and Herzegovina at 91 (38), and Macedonia at 107 (35). Looking at Slovenia’s other immediate neighbours, Austria was 16th with a score of 75, Italy was 54th with a score of 50, and Hungary was ranked 66th, scoring 45.
The full report can be obtained in PDF form here.