NZ pips Nordics to least corrupt country ranking

The Nordic countries remain some of the least corrupt in the world, according to a new report from Transparency International — but Iceland has slipped further behind its neighbours.

Iceland is classed as the 13th least corrupt country this year, according to Transparency International; which publishes an annual league table of the world’s countries.

This year’s least corrupt country is New Zealand — followed by Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Singapore comes fifth and Norway sixth. According to the list Iceland is a more corrupt country than its Nordic neighbours; ranking on the list just above Germany, Japan and Austria — and just below Canada, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

At the bottom of the corruption league are Somalia and North Korea, who share 182nd position. Directly above them are Burma, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

The same list in 2008 ranked Iceland in seventh place; and number one in 2006.

The full list can be seen here.

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