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The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2013

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, 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 2013 survey, the vast majority scored below 50.

Country
rank
Country 2013
CPI Score
1. Denmark 91
  New Zealand 91
3. Finland 89
  Sweden 89
5. Norway 86
  Singapore 86
7. Switzerland 85
8. Netherlands 83
9. Australia 81
  Canada 81
11. Luxembourg 80
12. Germany 78
  Iceland 78
14. United Kingdom 76
15. Barbados 75
  Belgium 75
  Hong Kong 75
18. Japan 74
19. United States 73
  Uruguay 73
Source: Transparency International, 2013. Web: www.transparency.org .

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