Corruption is defined as dishonest or fraudulent behavior by someone in power. When talking about corruption in nations, this means that the government or other national leaders are corrupt, taking bribes, engaging in fraud, and being dishonest with the people the nation.
This is an unfortunate reality in many nations around the world. While there isn’t an exact way to measure corruption in a nation, there are several studies, reports, and other data that can be used to determine where corruption is most and least prevalent.
One of the best measures of corruption around the world is the Corruption Perceptions Index, which is published by Transparency International. As of November 2018, the latest report was published based on data from 2017. In this report, 180 countries were ranked and given a score out of 100 points. The nation’s that scored the highest were deemed the least corrupt.
At the top of the list is New Zealand, which received a score of 89 out of 100. Coming in right behind this nation as the second least corrupt was Denmark with a score of 88. There was a three-way tie for third place, with Norway, Switzerland, and Finland each scoring 85 out of 100 points.
Other nations that were ranked as the least corrupt are: