The most corrupt countries in the world, ranked in order

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Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 175 countries on their levels of public sector corruption.

A statement released with the report indicated that a low score "is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs".

It is pointed out that while no countries score 0 (highly corrupt), there are also none scoring a perfect 100 (very clean).

Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.

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Britain scores 78 which takes it up to 14 on the list and overall the country has seen a steady improvement over the past two years (2012: 74, 2013: 76).

Of particular note are the developing BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) economies which all boast a darker hue on the map - all scoring below 46.

Jose Ugaz, the chair of Transparency International, explained in a release with the report:

Fast-growing economies whose governments refuse to be transparent and tolerate corruption, create a culture of impunity in which corruption thrives.

Here are the 10 most corrupt... (followed by transparency scores)

1. Somalia 8

=1. North Korea 8

3. Sudan 11

4. Afghanistan 12

5. South Sudan 15

6. Iraq 16

7. Turkmenistan 17

8. Uzbekistan 18

=8. Libya 18

=8. Eritrea 18

And here are the 10 least corrupt countries...

1. Denmark 92

2. New Zealand 91

3. Finland 89

4. Sweden 87

5. Norway 86

=5. Switzerland 86

7. Singapore 84

8. Netherlands 83

9. Luxembourg 82

10. Canada 81

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