An Obama reason why we should be happy in NZ

That is, if you needed another reason that is. NZ high scoring again out of 180 countries!

We’re at no 1 position and the USA is at position 18, so President Obamas inspirational words on his first day in office that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency” are music to many ears. In his speech he also committed to “a new era of openness in our country,” [If you want to see what those millions saw in Washington the other day here is a link to a Gigapixel, thats right not megapixel but gigapixel interactive photo of the event, the resolution is really great]

Great news if you live here and even better news if you are thinking of living here, except that is if you already live in Denmark or Sweden♣.

Transparency International run their own CPI, they call it a  Corruption Perceptions Index.

Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

There’s more here in their websites ABOUT tab.

Formed in 1993 and now into its second decade, the organisation is working hard to make us aware of the injustices in different parts of the world.

And although published last year I don’t recall much media coverage at the time. The chart shows a country or territory’s CPI Score which indicates the degree of public sector corruption as perceived by business people and country analysts, and ranges between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).

NZ, Denmark & Sweden were equal first having achieved a top score of 9.3 each.

Link here to the full 180 Country chart report.

♣ – NZ tied for equal first place along with Denmark & Sweden