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Poland improves score in perceived-corruption ranking


Poland has moved up eight places to 41st in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual publication that ranks countries from least to most corrupt on the basis of perceived level of public-sector corruption. The country has now improved its standing by seventeen notches in two years.

Poland’s score of 5.3 points was 0.3 points higher than in 2009, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (low perceived level of corruption). Nearly three quarters of the covered countries scored below five.

Eighteen EU countries scored better than Poland, but only one from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) did so (Estonia in 26th). Hungary, which along with Estonia was one of two CEE countries which were ranked above Poland in 2009, slipped to 50th. Lithuania was ranked 46th, Czech Republic 53rd, Latvia and Slovakia 59th, Romania 69th, and Bulgaria 73rd.

The least corrupt countries are (perceived to be) Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore. The most corrupt ones are (perceived to be) Somalia, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

The 2010 Index ranks a total of 178 countries.

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