Somalia is the most corrupt country according to transparency survey

London (Alshahid)-Somalia has bottomed out in an annual ranking of the perceived corruption of nations, joining Afghanistan and North Korea.

Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday, shows Somalia ranked at 174 out of the 174 nations surveyed.

Countries were assessed on a sliding scale ranging from 0 for “highly corrupt” to 100 for “very clean.”

The index measures the perception of corruption in the public sector.

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 ranked Denmark, Finland and New Zealand as the least corrupt nations, scoring 90 on a 100-point scale.

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people,” said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International.

(Most corrupt nations)

174. Afghanistan 8

174. North Korea 8

174. Somalia 8

(Least corrupt nations)

1. Denmark 90

1. Finland 90

1. New Zealand 90