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Somalia, North Korea 'most corrupt' global countries

December 4, 2011 3:54:58 PM PST
A German watchdog organization lists Somalia, North Korea and Myanmar as the most-corrupt nations in the world.

According to the Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International, those countries fail "to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making."

Two-thirds of the over 180 countries on the list scored less than a five on their index, from a possible score of zero to 10 with zero being "highly corrupt."

The United States was ranked the 24th cleanest country when it came to corruption, scoring 7.1.

Mexico scored a three on the list, while Canada scored 8.7. In the Western Hemisphere, Haiti was ranked as most-corrupt with a score of 1.8, followed by Venezuela with a score of 1.9.

According to the report, New Zealand, Denmark and Finland were at the top of the list for least-corrupt countries in the world.


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