1 December 2011

New Zealand remains on top. The Transparency International CPI continues to rank New Zealand as the country perceived as having the least corrupt public sector. This year Denmark has slipped to 2nd place, and has been joined by Finland. And followed by Sweden and Norway. The United States ranks 24th, two places lower than last year.

The CPI released today, assessed 183 countries on a composite of 17 expert and business surveys. The survey catchment is broadening. In 2010 CPI ranked 178 countries.

Afghanistan, despite ten years of western influences, comes in 180th of the 183. Only North Korea and Somalia are deemed to be more corrupt