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Corruption in Tonga

The "Corruption Perceptions Index" for the public sector showed 69 points in Tonga for 2011. The scale has a range from 0 to 100. The more corruption rises, the higher the number is. With this result Tonga ranks 99th. So, compared to other countries, it is slightly below average.
Compared to the previous year, in 2011, the level of corruption decreased a bit.
The United States are in 24th place with a score of 29. The ranking is led by New Zealand, with a value of 5. 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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Corruption in Tonga 2007 - 2011


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 Tonga: constitutional monarchy). Similarly, higher corruption occurs predominantly in low-income countries. In Tonga, per capita income is 5,190 USD annually, which is relatively low by global standards. The above-average cost of living also indicates a comparatively prosperous country.

Development of the corruption index in Tonga 2007 - 2011

YearTongaØ OceaniaØ worldwide
20116969.259.7
20107068.759.9
20097069.359.7
20087670.559.8
20078371.060.1

Note on the Corruption Perceptions Index

Money launderingThe data is determined annually by Transparency International. In 2011, the index was calculated for 183 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 Tonga is 31 points in 2011, 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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