Transparency International just came out with its newest ranking of countries by corruption and China comes in tied with Morocco, Suriname, India, Peru, and Brazil for 72nd out of the 179 countries rated. China’s ranking (at least as compared with those countries of which I have familiarity) seems about right to me.

Denmark, New Zealand and Finland tied for first place. Singapore placed 4th, Hong Kong 14th, Japan 17th, Taiwan 34th, Korea 43rd, and Vietnam 123rd. Not surprisingly, corruption in most countries closely correlates to their economics. Russia is a notable exception to this, placing 143rd.

I would have liked to see how China’s ranking this year compares with previous years, but I was not able to find previous lists.