Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, has released the latest Corruption Perception Index for 2015. Denmark bags the top spot for being the least corrupt country while North Korea and Somalia are at the bottom of the list of 168 countries for being the most corrupt.
India ranks 76th, which is much better than its previous rankings of 85 (of 175 countries) and 94 (of 177 countries) in 2014 and 2013, respectively. But, before you say 'hallelujah', here's a downer. India's score is a poor 38 out of 100, the same as it was last year.
The watchdog arrives at the CPI index after analysing data from several institutions including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and business school IMD, as well as compiling the perceptions of public sector corruption in every country. The index grades a country on a scale of zero to 100, the latter being the least corrupt.
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It's for the second consecutive time that Denmark has remained at the top of the index. While the Scandinavian country scored 91 points on the latest list, last year it had led the pack with 92 points.
Finland jumped up one point from its previous year's score to make it as the second least corrupt country. It hadn't moved beyond the score of 90 on the index since 2012.
Another Scandinavian country that improved its score is Sweden, which garnered 89 points on the index, jumping two points from 2014. The country's current score is the same that it had received in 2013.
4. New Zealand
The island country features fourth on the list with 88 points. But worryingly, this year's points indicate the country's deteriorating transparency in public sector. This is the first time since 2012 that New Zealand's points on the index have gone below 90.
Making a four point jump from its previous year's record, Netherlands has clinched the fifth spot on the CPI index with 87 points. The country had scored 83 and 84 points in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
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1. Somalia and North Korea
With a miserly score of 8 points out of 100 on the CPI index, war-torn Somalia and communist state North Korea share the spot for the most corrupt country. Interestingly, both the countries haven't passed beyond the score of 8 on the index since 2012.
Showing a direct correlation between conflict and corruption, the CPI index puts strife-torn Afghanistan as second last on the list with 11 points. This year's record shows a one-point decline from 2014.
Though the African nation has shown a one-point increase in its grade since 2014, it's hardly any improvement at all. With poverty and hunger killing its citizens on a daily basis, the lack of accountability in the country's public sector is plaguing relief and development efforts by aid agencies in the country.
4. South Sudan and Angola
The newly carved out nation South Sudan is the fourth most corrupt country, a position it shares with Angola. While South Sudan maintained its previous year's record of 15 points, Angola showed a steep decrease in score from 19 in 2014 to 15 in 2015.
Still in the throes of civil war after the killing of military dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's road to stability has been marred by violence and the looming Middle-East crisis. According to the CPI index, Libya is the fifth most corrupt country in the world with a low score of 16.
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