The world’s 5 most corrupt countries.

The world’s 5 most corrupt countries

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More than two-thirds of the world continues to battle corruption ranging from abuses of power to secret dealings and bribery, according to new data from Transparency International.

The Berlin-based corruption-fighting organization polled experts across 175 countries and territories, using a dozen different surveys to rate perception of corruption. The index scores from 0, the most corrupt, to 100, which is the cleanest rating.

North Korea and Somalia were tied as most corrupt, unchanged from last year. Afghanistan shared the title of most corrupt in 2013, but this year it edged up 4 points.

The biggest declines in the index compared with last year came from Turkey, China, Rwanda, Malawi and Angola. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Swaziland, Mali and Afghanistan showed the most significant improvements.

Turkey was the worst decliner in the index, dropping 5 points to score 45 out of 100. China also fell on the index, with several politicians arrested on corruption charges over the past year and observers calling for more transparency and stronger protections for whistleblowers.

Denmark took first place, as least corrupt, with a score of 92. New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland were the next cleanest countries.

The U.S., which last year ranked No. 19 with a score of 73, edged up to No. 17 this year with a score of 74.Bron:Transparency International


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