Finland recently won first place in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index prepared by Reporters Without Borders. The top four countries are Scandinavian. And Denmark was ranked first in a separate 2015 ranking regarding the mitigation of corruption, with Finland listed as second on that list.
Scandinavian countries rely on mechanisms for constant governmental accountability
Marie Chêne, the Senior Research Coordinator at Transparency International, described what she believed was the underlying main means of achieving the high ethical performance of government and increased public trust In Scandinavia, stating that there is typically a, “strong transparency and accountability mechanism in place allowing citizens to monitor their politicians and hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”
This Scandinavian strategy is diametrically opposed to the default position that the United States has come to adopt (Now sadly ranked 41 in press freedom). Instead of an “Anti-Corruption-Portal” website where a whistlblower protection and anonymity laws allow for more government accountability, as is the case in Denmark, whistleblowers and journalists in the U.S. are under attack and more likely to be the only ones going to jail, and harshly punished at that. And unethical conflicts of interest abound in U.S. corporate-political lobbying, something not permitted in most Scandinavian countries.