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World's 30 least corrupt nations

Last updated on: December 7, 2012 10:03 IST

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Corruption can happen anywhere...when politicians put their own interests above those of the public, when officials demand money and favours from citizens for services that should be free, says Transparency International.

Corruption is not just an envelope filled with money, though – these people make decisions that affect our lives, it points out.

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries across the world.

The scores of countries are rated from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Some countries score well, but no country scores a perfect 100.

Nordic countries among the "most clean" when it comes to public sector corruption. These countries performed well, showing evidence of some of the strongest 'integrity systems' in Europe, with established, well-enforced laws.

Take a look at the world's 30 LEAST corrupt nations...

Denmark

Corruption index score: 90
Score range: 83-98
Country rank: 1

Scale: 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

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Image: A man sells roses at a pedestrian road in central Copenhagen.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters.

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Finland

Corruption index score: 90
Score range: 83-100
Country rank: 1

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Image: A man dressed as Santa Claus rides his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters.

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New Zealand   

Corruption index score: 90
Score range: 83-98
Country rank: 1

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Image: Cathedral Cove.
Photographs: Courtesy, newzealand.com
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Sweden           

Corruption index score: 88
Score range: 82-97
Country rank: 4           

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Image: Sweden.
Photographs: Courtesy, sweden.se.
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Singapore

Corruption index score: 87
Score range: 79-99
Country rank: 5

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Photographs: Courtesy,yoursingapore.com.

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Switzerland      

Corruption index score: 86
Score range: 73-90
Country rank: 6

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Image: Switzerland.
Photographs: Courtesy,myswitzerland.com.
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Australia

Corruption index score: 85
Score range: 80-89
Country rank: 7

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Image: Melbourne.
Photographs: Courtesy,australia.com.

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Norway

Corruption index score: 85
Score range: 78-89
Country rank: 7

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Photographs: Courtesy, visitnorway.com
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Canada

Corruption index score: 84
Score range: 74-89
Country rank: 9           

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Image: A worker waters poinsettia plants at the Serre des Iles greenhouse in Levis.
Photographs: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters.
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The Netherlands     

Corruption index score: 84
Score range: 73-89
Country rank: 9           

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Image: Four skaters pass a windmill as they enjoy the first time they can skate on natural ice in Zevenhuizen, near The Hague.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters.
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Iceland

Corruption index score: 82
Score range: 71-98
Country rank:  11

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Luxembourg    

Corruption index score: 80
Score range: 71-89
Country rank: 12

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Image: Luxembourg.
Photographs: Courtesy, ont.lu.
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Germany         

Corruption index score: 79
Score range: 73-89
Country rank: 13

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Image: A general overview shows the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market in Berlin's Mitte district.
Photographs: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.
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Hong Kong     

Corruption index score: 77
Score range: 69-83
Country rank: 14

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Image: Hong Kong.
Photographs: Courtesy, discoverhongkong.com.
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Barbados        

Corruption index score: 76
Score range: 66-88
Country rank: 15

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Belgium           

Corruption index score: 75
Score range: 71-89
Country rank: 16

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Image: A boy looks at toys in Serneels toy shop in Brussels.
Photographs: Thierry Roge/Reuters.
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Japan  

Corruption index score: 74
Score range: 57-79
Country rank: 17

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Image: Pedestrians are reflected in a puddle in front of Sendai train station, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters.
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United Kingdom          

Corruption index score: 74
Score range: 69-81
Country rank: 17

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Photographs: Courtesy,visitlondon.com.

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United States   

Corruption index score: 73
Score range: 50-89
Country rank: 19

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Image: View of the 80th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York.
Photographs: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

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Chile   

Corruption index score: 72
Score range: 63-82
Country rank: 20

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Image: Santiago.
Photographs: Victor San Martin/Wikimedia Commons.
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Uruguay          

Corruption index score: 72
Score range: 69-79
Country rank: 20

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Image: Uruguay.
Photographs: Daniel Stonek/Wikimedia Commons.
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Bahamas         

Corruption index score: 71
Score range: 69-73
Country rank: 22

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Image: Prince George Wharf in Nassau Harbor.
Photographs: TampAGS/Wikimedia Commons.
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France 

Corruption index score: 71
Score range: 57-79
Country rank: 22

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Image: View of the Galeries Lafayette department store with Christmas lights in Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters.
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Saint Lucia      

Corruption index score: 71
Score range: 70-73
Country rank: 22

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Image: Saint Lucia.
Photographs: Gzdavidwong/Wikimedia Commons.
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Austria

Corruption index score: 69
Score range: 59-79
Country rank: 25

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Ireland 

Corruption index score: 69
Score range: 54-78
Country rank: 25

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Image: A man looks at a window display of jewellery on Grafton Street, Dublin.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.
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Qatar  

Corruption index score: 68
Score range: 49-89
Country rank: 27

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Image: A shopping mall in Qatar.
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United Arab Emirates  

Corruption index score: 68
Score range: 54-86
Country rank: 27

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Image: Dubai.
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Cyprus

Corruption index score: 66
Score range: 62-71
Country rank: 29

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Botswana

Corruption index score: 65
Score range: 60-72
Country rank: 30


Image: Botswana.
Photographs: Courtesy, botswanatourism.

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