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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.
- Transparency International
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...