2015 showed that people working together can succeed in fighting corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in 2015 than declined, according to Transparency International.
Denmark is at the top of the Corruption Perceptions Index again, with a strong rule of law, support for civil society and clear rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions. It is followed by other Nordic countries, with New Zealand and Netherlands completing the top five least corrupt cleanest nations.
Some countries have improved in recent years – Greece, Senegal and the UK are among those that have seen a significant increase in scores since 2012.
Others, including Australia, Brazil, Libya, Spain and Turkey, have deteriorated.
Five of the 10 most corrupt countries also rank among the 10 least peaceful places in the world.
In 2015, the Czech Republic jumped to a 37th position from 53rd in 2014.