The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2014

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland, are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, North Korea, and Sudan are perceived to be the most corrupt. For a list of the most corrupt nations, see World's Most Corrupt Countries. The index defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain and measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among a country's public officials and politicians. It is a composite index, drawing on 13 different expert and business surveys. The scores range from 100 (squeaky clean) to zero (highly corrupt). A score of 50 is the number Transparency International considers the borderline figure distinguishing countries that do and do not have a serious corruption problem. In the 2014 survey, the vast majority scored below 50.

Country
rank
Country 2014
CPI Score
1. Denmark 92
  New Zealand 91
3. Finland 89
4. Sweden 87
5. Norway 86
  Switzerland 86
7. Singapore 84
8. Netherlands 83
9. Luxembourg 82
10 Canada 81
11. Australia 80
12. Germany 79
  Iceland 79
14. United Kingdom 78
15. Belgium 76
  Japan 76
17 Barbados 74
  Hong Kong 74
  Ireland 74
  United States 74
Source: Transparency International, 2015. Web: www.transparency.org .

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