A: Ladies and gentlemen – the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here are your runners-up for most corrupt nation on earth: weighing in at number 3, we have the former French colony Haiti (better luck next year, my friend). And it looks like the judges have awarded the #2 prize to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country (go get ‘em, tiger). And now for #1 – the most corrupt nation on earth (drum roll please): beautiful Bangladesh! (well done, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia).
What we have just unveiled here are the rankings prepared by the nongovernmental watchdog group Transparency International. So how corrupt is our repeat victor, Bangladesh? Well, in the capital of Dhakar, you can barely walk a block without coming face-to-face with graft: residents have to pay the postman to get their mail; bus drivers pay cops to let them drive their routes; victims of crime have to pay the cops to have someone arrested; doctors take bribes to dispense medicine; meter readers get their palms greased for keeping energy bills low; even stray canines slip dog-catchers cash to steer clear of the pound (okay, that last one we made up, but you get the idea).
It’s estimated that 6% of the nation’s GNP is spent on corruption; not that hard to believe when you realize that the unemployment rate hovers at around 70%. So get ready to place your bets for next year’s “most corrupt nation on earth” contest. The smart money’s on Bangladesh; most likely they even bribed their way to lock it.