Colombia scored 3.4 out of 10 in the 2011 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), slightly worse than the previous year’s score, making it the world’s 80th least corrupt country.
Latin America’s corruption index
Compared to countries like New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4) and Finland (9.4) Colombia scored low in the annual index of Transparency International (TI), but within Latin America Colombia is the 5th least corrupt country after Chile (7.2), Uruguay (7), Costa Rica and Brazil.
The most corrupt country in Latin America is Venezuela, which scored 1.9, followed by Paraguay (2.2) and Nicaragua (2.5).
Colombia dropped 0.1 and two places in the CPI compared to 2010, despite promises by the government of Juan Manuel Santos to combat corruption.
According to TI, this increase in corruption was seen throughout Latin America.