Central American Governments: All More or Less Corrupt

No Central American country comes to "green" in the Corruption Index 2010, representing serious problems for businesses.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Costa Rica is the best positioned country in the Central American Index 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, reports produced by Transparency International. With an index of 5.3, Costa Rica is ranked 41 in a list of 176 countries, led by Denmark and New Zealand as nations where there is less corruption in government, and Myanmar and Somalia at the end of the list as most corrupt.

El Salvador and Panama, with 3.6 rating is positioned at 73, while Guatemala´s 3.2 is ranked 91, Nicaragua with 2.5 is ranked 127 and Honduras is ranked 134 with 2.4.

Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of power used for personal gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries according to perceived corruption in the public sector.

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