CNBC – Corruption in all areas of life is still rife globally but more countries continued to improve their “corruption perception” scores in 2015, according to the latest research from anti-corruption body Transparency International.

According to the German lobbying group’s latest “Corruption Perceptions Index” for 2015, which covers the perception of public sector corruption in 168 countries, the majority is still generally seen as more corrupt than not — but more countries saw their score improving rather than declining.

Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the index scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), Transparency International said in the report released on Wednesday.

José Ugaz, the chairman of Transparency International, noted that corruption could be defeated “if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough.”

“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” he added.

The top 10 ranked countries with the lowest perceptions index are:

  • 1 Denmark
  • 2 Finland
  • 3 Sweden
  • 4 New Zealand
  • 5 Netherlands
  • 5 Norway
  • 7 Switzerland
  • 8 Singapore
  • 9 Canada
  • 10 Germany
  • 10 Luxembourg
  • 10 United Kingdom

And the bottom 10 are:

  • 158 Guinea-Bissau
  • 158 Venezuela
  • 161 Iraq
  • 161 Libya
  • 163 Angola
  • 163 South Sudan
  • 165 Sudan
  • 166 Afghanistan
  • 167 Korea (North)
  • 167 Somalia

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