The international NGO’s index assessed 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and businesspeople.
The CPI used a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) to gauge perceptions. Finland was given 85 points, which meant that its ranking remained unchanged from last year. Norway and Switzerland also received the same score.
The wider global perspective was considerably grimmer, with over six billion people deemed to be living in countries that are corrupt.
“No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption,” says Patricia Moreira, managing director of Transparency International. “Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up.”
New Zealand and Denmark topped the list in 2018, with Syria, South Sudan and Somalia at the other end of the scale.