Casa Presidencial said Wednesday that the country had progressed in the latest Transparency International corruption index ranking, but a check of the data shows that Costa Rica remains about the same while the perception of corruption in other countries increased.
Costa Rica ranked 40th among 168 countries in the latest valuation for 2015. Casa Presidencial noted that this is an improvement from the 49th place in 2013 and 47th place in 2014.
However, the ranking was based on a score computed by Transparency of 55. The score for 2013 was 53 points and for 2014 54 points.
In Latin America only Chile and Uruguay scored better.
Transparency said that the Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, drawing on corruption-related data from expert and business surveys carried out by a variety of independent and reputable institutions, it added.