CORRUPTION is dishonest behaviour by people in power. A new Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) indicates that it is prevalent in many countries. Transparency International ranked 177 countries and territories on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, and Sweden are the four least corrupt countries in the world according to the index. The US is listed as the 19th least corrupt country. Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are the most corrupt.
Denmark and New Zealand both scored 91 while Finland and Sweden both scored 89. Hong Kong scored 75, one mark off last year. This is the worst result in seven years.
The index gives an indication of global corruption.Among countries in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore is listed as the least corrupt country with a score of 87, while China ranked 80th. The index demonstrates that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continues to ravage societies around the world.