Brazil fell three slots to 79th place in this year’s ranking of “corruption perception,” according to an annual report released Wednesday by Transparency International. On a scale of 0 to 100, Brazil scored 40 points, or slightly below the global average of 43. The survey includes 176 countries. In this year’s ranking, New Zealand was first, or “lease corrupt,” with 90 points. According to the report, Brazil is still viewed globally as highly corrupt because of the ongoing investigation into bribery and money laundering at state-run oil company Petrobras. On the other hand, the report said global observers are increasingly convinced that Brazilian police and courts are actively and effectively combating corruption. Ongoing anti-corruption efforts can lead to an improved ranking for Brazil in next year’s survey.
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