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Corruption in Belize

The "Corruption Perceptions Index" for the public sector showed 71 points in Belize for 2008. The scale has a range from 0 to 100, in which corruption raises, the higher the number is. With this result Belize ranks 110th. So, compared to other countries it is considerably below the average.

Compared to the previous year, in 2008 the level of corruption slightly raised. In the long term, it has also risen moderately in recent years.

The United States are in 18th place with a score of 27. The ranking is led by Denmark with a value of 7. The sad last place is occupied by Somalia (90 points).

You can find the complete country comparison here International Ranking of Corruption


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Development of corruption in Belize 2003 - 2008


The causes of corruption lie in part in political and cultural reasons. Ineffective law enforcement may further promote it. It is striking that it is regularly lower in democratically governed countries (form of government in Belize: Parliamentary democracy). Similarly, higher corruption occurs predominantly in low-income countries. In Belize, per capita income is 4,110 US$ annually, which is extremely low by global standards. The above-average cost of living also indicates a comparatively prosperous country.

Development of the corruption index in Belize 2003 - 2008

YearBelizeØ AmericaØ worldwide
20087158.459.8
20077060.660.1
20066565.459.1
20056364.559.1
20046264.158.3
20035565.757.6


Note on the Corruption Perceptions Index

Money launderingThe data is determined annually by Transparency International. In 2008, the index was calculated for 180 countries from all continents. The original index shows the figures exactly the other way round and assigns higher values for lower corruption. So the official score for Belize is 29 points in 2008, which would actually make it an anti-corruption index because as the score increases, corruption decreases. These numbers have been inverted here for better comprehensibility and easier visual acquisition of the graphs.

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