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The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2015

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan 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 2015 survey, the vast majority scored below 50.

Country
rank
Country 2015
CPI Score
1. Denmark 91
2. Finland 90
3. Sweden 89
4. New Zealand 88
5. Netherlands 87
5. Norway 87
7. Switzerland 86
8. Singapore 85
9. Canada 83
10. Germany 81
10. Luxembourg 81
10. United Kingdom 81
13. Australia 79
13. Iceland 79
15. Belgium 77
16. Austria 76
16. United States 76
18. Hong Kong 75
18. Ireland 75
18. Japan 75
Source: Transparency International, 2016. Web: www.transparency.org .

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