Denmark still the least corrupt country in the world

Turkey and China suffer steep falls

Denmark remains the least corrupt country in the world when it comes to abuse of power, clandestine deals and bribery in the public sector, according to the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index by the independent organisation Transparency International (TI).

With a score of 92 out of 100, Denmark tops the index – here in English – ahead of New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland, while Singapore, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Canada round up the top 10.

“Denmark – at the top of the index again and up one point, with a strong rule of law, support for civil society and clear rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions – also set an example when it recently announced plans to create a public register including beneficial ownership information of all companies incorporated in Denmark,” the TI Index found.

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Best of the rest
Other notable rankings included Australia (11), Germany (12), UK (14), Japan (15), USA (17), France (26), Spain (37), South Korea (43), Brazil (69) and Russia (136).

At the other end of the spectrum, Somalia, North Korea and Sudan are listed as the most corrupt nations in the world, while China (100) and Turkey (64) both took steep tumbles in the rankings.