Corruption and lubrication is a poison that paralyzes the good forces that hold society together. It impairs the confidence of the people among themselves and attacking people's relationship with government and public institutions. Corruption destroys the competition in the business world, makes the goods more expensive and eroding the political and legal justice. It is as skjeggkreet: Have you gotten battle into the house then decreases the value, and it is difficult to eradicate krypet.
Now is the annual edition of Transparency International's corruption index. Where shines not Norway as strong as on dashboards that measure the level of rule of law, freedom of speech and living conditions. We go one point down, to 84 out of 100, and this at the same time to a sjuendeplass. Best-in-class are Denmark with 88 points, New Zealand with 87 and then follow those with 85 points: Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland. The united STATES score only 71 points out of 100 possible, and falls for the first time out of the top 20-list.
Completely at the other end , we find countries like Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, the Congo and other states that hardly hangs together. There is a connection between democracy, rettstat and the level of corruption. Authoritarian or totalitarian states have the most corruption. According to Transparency contributes to the lack of the ability to control and fight corruption to a global democracy crisis. There is talk about a vicious circle: Corruption undermines democratic traditions, which in turn leads to that the weakened institutions are less able to control corruption.
The nordic countries is located high on the right end of the list, but it does not mean that we are vaccinated against corruption. The winner Denmark has for the time a major banking scandal during reeling. In Norway is korrupsjonssaken against the officer, Eirik Jensen is not settled. Previously we have had a great case about byggekorrupsjon in Drammen and a comprehensive rettsrunde about corruption in the water board at Romerike. Bestikkelsene in the Yara case is an example of that such also takes place in the large companies.
Norway can grind weapons in the fight against this scourge. An important measure will be more transparency around large fortunes, financial transactions and ownership. The government and the Parliament can start with a legislation that provides substantially greater transparency in shareholder and eierskapsregistrene. It will be a good test of the will. The matter is pending in Parliament now.