When it came to naming the most corrupt nation in the world, there was a three-way tie. Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia all ended up with the lowest results.
Transparency International has published their annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which assigned scores to 177 countries.
Marks between 0 and 100 are given, 100 being the cleanest public sectors and 0 being the most rife with underhanded dealings.
Sadly, two-thirds of the countries assessed scored under 50.
When it came to naming the most corrupt nation in the world, there was a three-way tie.
Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia all ended up with the lowest results at 8 a piece.
Sudan, South Sudan, Libya and Iraq didn’t do so well either, earning themselves ratings in the 11 to 16 range.
On the opposite end of the scale, Denmark and New Zealand got the highest score awarded - a 91.
They were closely followed by Finland, Sweden, and Norway which each came in with 89.
The US squeaked into the best 20 at 19th, pulling in a 73.
Said the organization of the outcomes overall, “The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.”