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article imageSurvey: Denmark least corrupt nation, Somalia most corrupt

By Andrew Moran     Oct 26, 2010 in World
Berlin - A new survey suggests that the nations of Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are the least corrupt nations in the world. On the flip of the coin, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq are the most corrupt countries.
The Berlin-based organization, Transparency International, has published its annual survey that highlights the most and least corrupt nations in the world by using its Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
The CPI uses scores out of 10, the country with the highest number is least corrupt and nation with the lowest number is the most corrupt:
“The surveys and assessments used to compile the index include questions relating to bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds and questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of public sector anti-corruption efforts,” said the organization in a news release.
Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore had the highest scores with 9.3. Finland and Sweden, 9.2; Canada, 8.9; Netherlands; 8.8, Australia and Switzerland; 8.7 and Norway, 8.6; all rounded out the top 10 list.
Meanwhile, Somalia scored last place with 1.1, followed by Afghanistan and Myanmar with 1.4 and Iraq with 1.5.
When it comes to the emerging nations, China was ranked 78th with 3.5, India placed 87th; 3.3 and Brazil was listed at number 69 with 3.7.
The United States slipped from number 19 to 22 with a score of 7.1
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