North Korea and Somalia have topped Transparency International’s list of the most corrupt countries in the world. The two countries came in with a score of just one out of ten. Second place went to Afghanistan and Myanmar.
The list is notable for the fact that it is largely developing countries that are estimated to have the highest levels of corruption. But some critics argue that this pattern is entirely due to the way that corruption is defined, and that corruption is in fact endemic in almost every nation.
The least corrupt country, according to the list, is New Zealand with a score of 9.5. Others to score well include Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway, with the Scandinavian countries generally performing extremely well. The UK came in joint 16th place, with the US eight place further back.