Sri Lanka Falls to 115th in 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, Joining Ecuador and Indonesia

Sri Lanka has placed at 115th in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2023. This index, a key measure released annually by Transparency International, evaluates the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide.

With a score of 34 out of a possible 100, Sri Lanka’s position highlights a concerning scenario in the context of global integrity standards. The country now shares its rank with diverse nations such as Ecuador, Indonesia, Malawi, the Philippines, and Turkey, reflecting a widespread challenge across different geographies.

At the forefront of the index, Denmark emerges as the leader, demonstrating the lowest perceived levels of corruption. It is closely followed by Finland, New Zealand, Norway, and Singapore, countries that have consistently set benchmarks for transparency and ethical governance. The bottom of the index is occupied by nations grappling with extreme challenges. Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, South Sudan, and Yemen are marked as the most corrupt, according to the 2023 CPI.

This year’s index paints a grim picture of global corruption trends. It assesses 180 countries and territories, scoring them on a scale from 0, indicating high corruption, to 100, signifying very clean governance. Alarmingly, over two-thirds of the countries have scored below 50, a clear indication of serious corruption issues.