In a list released by Berlin-based non-governmental corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) yesterday, Singapore emerged as the world’s third least-corrupt country, sharing the spot with Sweden. New Zealand was ranked top, with Denmark second.
Highest scorers in the 2009 CPI are New Zealand at 9.4, Denmark at 9.3, Singapore and Sweden tied at 9.2 and Switzerland at 9.0. These scores reflect political stability, long-established conflict of interest regulations and solid, functioning public institutions.
Top 10 Least Corrupted Countries
1. New Zealand
3. Singapore, Sweden
6. Finland, Netherlands
8. Australia, Canada, Iceland
Top 10 Most Corrupted Countries
4. Sudan, Iraq
8. Turkmenistan, Iran, Haiti, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Burundi