On Guard

Shady Days

Looking to do business abroad? Before signing the deal--and before taking on foreign partners--check in with The Internet Corruption Perception Index. This site looks at the shadiness of business dealings in foreign nations as perceived by businesspeople, risk analysts and the general public. Put together annually by Göettingen University in Germany and Transparency International, a Berlin-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting corruption in international trade, the site ranks nations from least to most corrupt. The most honest businesspeople? Head to Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland and Sweden are the top spots. Nigeria holds the bottom rung, just below Bolivia, Colombia and Russia. The United States shows up in 16th place, a few notches better than Japan, which ranked 21st out of 52 countries. Get the complete survey at http://www.gwdg.de/~uwvw/rank-97.htm

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: On Guard.

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