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REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries

Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan named most corrupt nations in new survey

REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
In Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied for first place out of 176 countries - meaning they were perceived to have the lowest levels of state sector corruption. Sweden was fourth with Singapore ranked as fifth.

\nGermany came in at 13th, one notch better than 2011 and Japan remained at 17. The United States ranked 19th in 2012, up from 24th out of 183 countries in 2011. China ranked 80th after 75th in 2011.

\n \nThe 2012 index ranks 176 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index assigns scores of between one and 100, 1 being highly corrupt and 100 clean.

\n \nHere is a list of the 10 most corrupt nations. \n\n10. Burundi, Chad and Haiti

REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
9. Venezuela 19
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
8. Iraq
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
7. Uzbekistan
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
6. Turkmenistan
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
5. Myanmar
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
4. Sudan
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
3. Afghanistan
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries
2. North Korea
REVEALED: World's most corrupt countries

\n1. Somalia