The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries by how corrupt their public sectors are perceived to be. Denmark and New Zealand came in at the top. Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland shares third spot with equally many points. The United States is on a watch list because it lost 4 points between 2017 and 2018.
“The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.”