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The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2012

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand 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 in 2012, 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 2012 survey, the vast majority scored below 50.

Country
rank
Country 2012
CPI Score
1. Denmark 90
  Finland 90
  New Zealand 90
4. Sweden 93
5. Singapore 92
6. Norway 90
7. Netherlands 89
8. Australia 88
  Switzerland 88
10. Canada 87
11. Luxembourg 85
12. Hong Kong 84
13. Iceland 83
14. Germany 80
  Japan 80
16. Austria 78
  Barbados 78
  United Kingdom 78
19. Belgium 75
20. Bahamas 76
Source: Transparency International, 2012. Web: www.transparency.org .

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