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Denmark, Finland, New Zealand least corrupt nations; India 94th

The Transparency International's 2012 index ranks 176 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index assigns scores of between one and 100, 1 being highly corrupt and 100 clean.

world Updated: Dec 05, 2012 17:35 IST

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied for the first place in Transparency International's 2012 index of the least corrupt countries.

India is on 94th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Transparency International ranks countries on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean). Lawless Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan remain rooted to the foot of the table in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

India's image on tackling corruption has not improved with Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) placing it at 94th rank out of 176 nations this year.

Though India was ranked at 95th position last year, the international watchdog said it has started evaluating the positions through a different formula beginning this year and hence this cannot be compared to last year's ranking.

However, the last year's rank of 95 would be 96 if it is calculated using the new methodology which implies there was a "slight improvement" in the index.

This year, India has a score of 36 out of 100 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) which is a result of an average of 10 studies including World Bank's Country Performance and Institutional Assessment and Global Insight Country Risk Ratings.

India was ranked 72 among 180 countries for the first time in 2007 and since then the country's rankings have been showing a decline. While India was placed at 87 in 2010, the position was 95 in 2011.

This year, India is ranked below neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and China, while Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh fared much worse than India when it came to corruption in public sector undertakings.

Sri Lanka, which is slowly limping back to normalcy after a three-decade civil war, is ranked at 79 while China is ranked at 80.

Denmark is placed at the top spot with a score of 90 while Finland and New Zealand follow very closely. Countries that occupy the bottom ranks in the index are Myanmar, Sudan Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea.

The following is a list of the top and bottom-ranked nations on corruption watchdog Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Wednesday.

The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts and ranges between zero, which is highly corrupt, and 100, which is very clean.

(Least corrupt nations)
1. Denmark 90
1. Finland 90
1. New Zealand 90

4. Sweden 88
5. Singapore 87
6. Switzerland 86
7. Australia 85
7. Norway 85
9. Canada 84
9. Netherlands 84
11. Iceland 82
12. Luxembourg 80
13. Germany 79
14. Hong Kong 77
15. Barbados 76

94. India 36

160. Democratic Republic of the Congo 21
160. Laos 21
160. Libya 21
163. Equatorial Guinea 20
163. Zimbabwe 20
165. Burundi 19
165. Chad 19
165. Haiti 19
165. Venezuela 19
169. Iraq 18
170. Turkmenistan 17
170. Uzbekistan 17
172. Myanmar 15
173. Sudan 13

(Most corrupt nations)
174. Afghanistan 8
174. North Korea 8
174. Somalia 8

(With inputs from PTI, AFP)