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Swiss ranked among least corrupt countries

Switzerland has improved its position as one of the countries with the least perceived corruption.

In the Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International, Switzerland ranks in joint fifth position with Finland. It moved up two places from its position last year but with the same score of nine out of a possible ten.

Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and Singapore top the index, which rates 180 countries on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to ten (highly clean) in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians.

Transparency says the index draws on corruption-related data from expert and business surveys carried out by a variety of independent and reputable institutions.

The countries with the most perceived corruption are Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq and Haiti and Afghanistan.

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