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[Graphic News] North Korea drops to 174th in corruption index


North Korea retreated four notches in an annual international corruption ranking to 174th among 180 countries last year, a report by an anti-corruption watchdog showed. 

The reclusive country scored 16 out of 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index report issued by Berlin-based Transparency International, down two points from the previous year.

The index evaluates countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, using data collected “by a variety of reputable institutions, including the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.” 

South Korea climbed a notch to rank 32rd with 62 points, while Denmark, Finland and New Zealand shared the top with 88 points. (Yonhap)


By Nam Kyung-don (don@heraldcorp.com)
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