Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong least corrupt in East Asia
With a score of 61 out of 100, Taiwan was next only to Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong regionally. Of the 175 nations and territories covered by the annual survey, Taiwan placed 35th overall, up one spot over last year. This marks the second consecutive year the nation has climbed in the rankings.
South Korea trailed at No. 43 with a score of 55, while mainland China was 100th with 36 points.
Emerging economies featuring rapid growth, meanwhile, tend to have lower CPIs due to senior-level official corruption and restrictive media environments, he added.
This year, Denmark remained atop the survey with 92 points, followed by New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway. North Korea and Somalia came in last with a tie at eight points. ■