Austria up one spot in corruption study

Austria has improved year on year in a global corruption survey.The country reached 15th place (2009: 16th) in the 2010 edition of the Corruption Perception study conducted by Transparency International (TI). Austria shares the spot with neighbouring Germany (2009: 14th) which also reached 7.9 of a maximum 10 points.Denmark, Singapore and New Zealand shared first place with 9.3 points, while war-stricken Iraq and Afghanistan, Burma and Somalia did worst.TI, which presented the figures of its most recent survey today (Tues), said it was worried that almost two thirds of the examined 178 countries garnered less than five points.The news comes days after NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) listed Austria in seventh in its annual global press freedom rating.RWB’s Austrian branch pointed out the country only did relatively well because the situation journalists in other countries were confronted with has worsened.