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2012 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

So the 2012 CPI has just been released listing 176 countries by level of corruption (I assume that the countries not on the list are so corrupt that a report couldn’t be made).

Any surprises?

Somalia is last at 176th I suppose that is a surprise in that a report could actually be made whereas one for South Sudan (among others) couldn’t.

Barbados came 15th which really surprised me to have a Caribbean island higher than the US and UK.

Cuba came 58th ahead of Croatia, Slovakia and Italy.

Rwanda in 50th ahead of the Czech Republic, Turkey and Italy.

No surprise…

The European Union dominates the top slots with two EU countries equaling 1st alongside New Zealand.
There are 3 EU countries in the top 5 and 6 European countries in the top 10.

The US is in 19th

China is in 80th

Greece and Italy languishing in 94th and 72nd respectfully (well done to the Mediterranean contingent).


Northern European countries are awesome and southern European countries are awful (nothing we didn’t already know).


Country Ranking

A list of countries I have been to in order of my personal preference based solely on the experiences I had during my visit(s).

Some I have been to only once, others I have been to more than 10 times and some I have lived in.

Next to the country is three words, phrases or thoughts that come to mind when I think of that country.

1 Switzerland Visually stunning Clean Exciting
2 The Netherlands Friendly Clean Easy to get around
3 Croatia Value for money Safe Relaxing
4 Belgium Great food & drink Oldy-worldy Tidy residential areas
5 Germany Green Modern Functional
6 Austria Visually stunning Clean Expensive
7 Scotland Cold & wet Rural Outdoor activities
8 Denmark Clean Modern Friendly
9 England Diverse Rough round the edges Too many scum bags and yobs
10 Luxembourg Small Clean High quality
11 Liechtenstein Small Clean High quality
12 France Still cant accept that English is the international language Expensive Quaint villages
13 Czech Republic Charming Oldy-worldy Value for money
14 Slovenia Small Value for money Picturesque
15 Finland Cold, oh so cold Rural Expensive
16 Latvia Small Oldy-worldy Quiet
17 Cyprus Filled with lovable idiots Small Plenty to do
18 Spain Dry Dusty Hot
19 Wales Rural Wet/cold Beautiful (when not cold and raining)
20 China Dirty Great food Chaotic
21 Montenegro Friendly Safe Peaceful
22 Greece Smoggy Busy Dusty
23 Serbia Filled with many very dodgy people Messy In bad condition
24 Turkey Psychologically primitive Dusty/dirty Low quality
25 Tunisia Hot Dusty/dirty In bad condition
26 Russia Corrupt Unfriendly In bad condition
27 Albania Corrupt Dangerous Avoid this country!