December 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica is among the countries with the lowest levels of perceived corruption in Latin America, according to an index published on Tuesday by NGO, Transparency International.
According to the index, which is published each year, Costa Rica is ranked 49th amongst 177 countries surveyed, tied with Lithuania and Rwanda. Costa Rica’s rank has improved by 5 spots since last year.
In Latin America, Only Uruguay (19) and Chile (22) have lower levels of perceived corruption.
President Laura Chinchilla expressed her satisfaction with the ranking on her official Twitter account.
Transparency International said that “the situation in the region remains of concern as only three countries: Uruguay, Chile, and Costa Rica, were rated above the average rating.”
In Latin America, the countries with the highest levels of perceived corruption are Paraguay (150), Venezuela (160), and Haiti (163). Argentina and Bolivia are tied at 106th.