Why is Jamaica so corrupt

Corruption in Jamaica

The "Corruption Perceptions Index", an index for perceived corruption in the public sector, was 56 points in Jamaica in 2020. The scale ranges from 0 to 100, the higher the value, the more massive the corruption. With this result Jamaica ranks 71st. The result is slightly below average compared to other countries.

Compared to the previous year, there was a slight decrease in corruption in 2020. From a long-term perspective, it has also fallen moderately in recent years.

Germany is in 9th place with a value of 20. Incidentally, the ranking is led by Denmark with a value of 12. The sad last place is occupied by South Sudan (88 points).

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Development of corruption in Jamaica 2003-2020


The causes of corruption are partly political and cultural. Ineffective law enforcement may fuel this. It is noticeable that it is regularly lower in democratically governed countries (form of government in Jamaica: parliamentary democracy). Likewise, higher levels of corruption occur predominantly in low-income countries. In Jamaica, the per capita income is 4,752 euros a year and is therefore relatively low in a global comparison. The cost of living is in an inconspicuous middle field, but does not indicate great poverty or great prosperity.

Development of the corruption index in Jamaica 2003-2020



Note on the Corruption Perceptions Index

The information is determined annually by Transparency International. In 2020, the index was determined for 180 countries from all continents.

The original "Corruption Perceptions Index" knows the numbers exactly the other way around and assigns higher values ​​for lower corruption. The official value for Jamaica is 44 points in 2020. This would actually be an anti-corruption index because the higher the number of points, the lower the corruption. These numbers have been inverted here to make the graphs easier to understand and to visualize.

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