Finland shares the top spot with Denmark and New Zealand for being perceived the least corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012. The index ranks 176 countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
All three countries scored 90 points out of a possible 100. Finland has been among Transparency International’s six highest ranking countries every year since 2005. Last year Finland was ranked second in the world.
According to Transparency International, governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making. They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 is calculated using different data sources from independent institutions that capture perceptions of corruption within the past two years.