From Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption, here’s a view of how each country scored in Corruption Perception Index for 2009.  The darker the color, the higher the perceived level of public-sector corruption in that country.

2009 Corruption Perception Index (Click to go to an interactive map from source)

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world.

The CPI scores countries on a scale of zero to 10, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and 10, low levels. That ranking is based on data from country experts and business leaders at 10 independent institutions, including the World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit and World Economic Forum.
Countries which saw their ranking drop included Iran, which fell to 1.8 from 2.3 following the presidential election in June. Political turmoil also contributed to a fall in Ukraine’s score to 2.2 from 2.5. Greece saw its score slide to 3.8 from 4.7, reflecting insufficient ‘anti-corruption enforcement’, lengthy delays in the judicial process and a string of corporate scandals that TI said pointed to “systemic weaknesses”.
Fragile, unstable states that are scarred by war and ongoing conflict linger at the bottom of the index. Meanwhile, the highest scorers in the 2009 CPI are New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
But the vast majority of countries in the 2009 index scored below five.

Click here for a ranked, tabular version of the data with New Zealand ranked #1 and yes, the country harboring, or according to some ruled by those  pirates of the Indian Ocean that revived the charm of piracy on high seas even in this 21st century, Somalia, is stunningly ranked last.

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