WORLD - Denmark, New Zealand, Finland Least Corrupt Nations

Arno Froese

Denmark, New Zealand and Finland were joint first in a list of the least corrupt nations in the world, while South Sudan was at the bottom, an anti-graft watchdog found in its annual report.  

Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, ranks 180 countries and territories on a scale of a ‘highly corrupt’ 0 to a ‘very clean’ 100. 

Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany completed the top 10, while the U.K. was ranked 11th with 78 points.  

In Western Europe, the best-scoring region overall, the pandemic has given countries ‘an excuse for complacency in anti-corruption efforts as accountability and transparency measures are neglected or even rolled back,’ Transparency said. 

In some Asian countries, it said, COVID-19 ‘also has been used as an excuse to suppress criticism.’ It pointed to increased digital surveillance in some nations and authoritarian approaches in others.

In the rankings, the U.S, which slipped over recent years to hit 67 points in 2020, held that score this time but fell a couple of places to 27th., 25 January 2022

Arno's Commentary

Transparency International is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. As a non-profit, non-governmental global agency, their aim is to combat global corruption, prevent criminal activities, improve international understanding, and support sustainable development solution networks.

While the TI ranking is not legally binding in any way, shape, or form, it does reveal the progress of a more united world. This is essential and necessary when viewed from the Biblical prophetic point of view. After all, prophecy must be fulfilled. Revelation 13:3b reads: “and all the world wondered after the beast,” leading to verse 8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him.” That is the image of the beast that is yet to come.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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