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‘Scanned’inavia
Honesty pays in Nordic regions
14/12/2006

Scandinavian countries seem to be practicing Gandhigiri more than the land of Gandhi. Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2006 has Finland & Iceland holding the numero-uno position followed by Denmark (rank 4), Sweden (rank 6) and Norway (rank 8). The Scandinavian obsession with honesty and integrity might have already been written off by the cynics as ‘just an end in itself’ but if correlation and regression still has some legitimacy, then they might just have to regret their statements. Smartly correlating transparency with development, these countries also hog the highest ranks in the Human Development Index, 2006. Norway at first rank is closely followed by Iceland (2nd), Sweden (5th), Finland (11th) and Denmark at 15th position.

It doesn’t end at that. These countries also stand tall in terms of per capita income (pci). Norway (pci $37,800) has the second highest per capita income in the world followed by Denmark (pci $31,100) at 6th, Iceland (pci $30,900) at 7th, Finland (pci $27400) at 18th & Sweden (pci $26800) at 20th position. Correlating transparency with wealth, these countries definitely have created examples for several to follow, especially where Gandhi was born. Who said Gandhigiri doesn’t make sense in today’s world?

By:- BE Edit Bureau
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