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    2010 Corruption Report For 178 Countries

    Transparency International (TI), Berlin based NGO with more than 70 national chapters has released it's annual corruption report. The 2010 CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index) measures the level of perceived corruption in the public sector in 178 countries around the world. The CPI is an aggregate that combines different sources of information about corruption in public sector. The countries are ranked on a scale of ten (very clean) to zero (highly corrupt).

    The 'cleanest' or least corrupt countries are: Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore (all tied at #1 with a score of 9.3), followed by Finland and Sweden (tied at #2 with 9.2), Canada (8.9), Netherlands (8.8), Australia and Switzerland (tied with score of 8.7), and Norway (at #10 with score of 8.6). The UK is at # 20 (score of 7.6) and the US is #22 (score of 7.1). The countries at the bottom, deemed most corrupt are mostly either war torn countries or those with extremely unstable governments: Somalia (1.1), Burma and Afghanistan (tied with 1.2), Iraq (1.5), and a tie between Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Sudan (1.6). 

    Here's 2010 CPI ratings at a glance (image source: TI): 

    ~ Gauri

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