Iceland ranks the lowest among Nordic countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2015, published by Transparency International. At the top of the list, with the least corruption, are Denmark, Finland and Sweden, Norway ranks fifth, but Iceland a disappointing thirteenth with 79 points on a scale of 0 to 100. This is a change for the worse since 2005 and 2006 when Iceland topped the list with 95-97 points. North Korea and Somalia are at the bottom of the list with eight points each.
The corruption index includes 168 states and is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. According to the index, two-thirds of the 168 countries battle serious problems related to corruption, scoring below 50.
“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption," stated José Ugaz, head of Transparency International, was quoted as saying in a press release.
Corruption is on the rise in many countries, including Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey. Most improvement was seen in Greece, Senegal and the UK. You can view the whole list here.