Transparency International, a global charity with over 100 national chapters, ranked 168 countries’ corruption in the public sector on a scale of 0 to 100, with lower scores reflecting levels of corruption and higher scores being seen as very clean.
It canvasses experts views’ of graft among state employees.
Somalia and North Korea were jointly ranked as the most corrupt regimes, retaining the same spots they held last year, and each earning a score of just 8 out of 100.
Other notable entries included the US, rising one place to 16, with a score of 76, China, gaining 17 places to 83rd with a score of 36. France gained three places to 23rd, Spain moved one spot up the ranking to 36th and Italy gained eight places to 61st.
The 10 most corrupt countries in the world:
- North Korea and Somalia (tied)
- Angola and South Sudan (tied)
- Iraq and Libya (tied)
- Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Venezuela (tied)
- Eritrea, Syria, Turkmenistan and Yemen (tied)
- Burundi, Cambodia and Zimbabwe (tied)
- Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar (tied)