Corruption around the world remains a deeply entrenched, global concern according to Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) – the world’s most credible measure of of domestic, public sector corruption.
This year, two thirds of countries covered by the index were given scores less than 5 – which means they are considered significantly corrupt.
The CPI scores countries on a scale of zero to 10, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and 10, low levels. And the most corrupt places in the world are not the most surprising. Unstable governments, often with a legacy of conflict, continue to dominate the bottom rungs of the CPI. Afghanistan and Myanmar share second to last place with a score of 1.5, with Somalia and North Korea – measured for the first time – coming in last with a score of 1.