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Iceland Still among World’s Least Corrupted States

According to a new listing of the corruption level in different countries around the world, published by the organization Transparency International, Iceland still ranks among the top ten. Iceland shares eighth place with Australia and Canada.

From Thingvellir, where Iceland’s parliament was founded in 930 AD. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

These three countries were rated with 8.7 on a scale from zero to ten, from completely corrupted to corruption free, reports.

The top countries are New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland and corruption levels rank highest in Somalia, Afghanistan, Burma, Sudan and Iraq.

“No country in the world is immune towards corruption,” reads Transparency International’s report.

The organization encourages wealthy countries to change their regulations on banking secrecy so they won’t become shelters for corrupted individuals wishing to keep their business a secret.

The list is based on 13 opinion polls undertaken by ten institutions during the past two years. Specialists and influential people in each country are asked about the level of corruption in their respective countries.

A recent Icelandic survey concluded that the country’s administration has a much higher corruption level than the Transparency International’s list concluded.

Click here to read more about that story and here for the full 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index.

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